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Kee may earn recall after getting on cup scoresheet

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: December 06, 2012

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BILLY Kee is hoping to earn a recall to Burton Albion’s starting line-up after returning to goalscoring form.

The enigmatic striker was on target for the Brewers in a Birmingham Senior Cup tie on Tuesday to put himself in the frame for selection against Accrington Stanley in Sunday’s League Two encounter at the Pirelli Stadium.

Kee’s goal failed to spare the Brewers defeat in a nine-goal thriller with non-leaguers Hednesford Town at Keys Park — but his form caught the eye.

Albion boss Gary Rowett said: “I wasn’t at the game but (assistant manager) Kevin Summerfield has come back with a very good report about Billy’s performance.”

Kee missed out in Saturday’s FA Cup second round tie at Crewe Alexandra after Rowett opted to play Calvin Zola as a lone striker.

But the Brewers boss is expected to revert to a 4-4-2 formation, which could open the door for Kee to return to the side.

Despite the clean sheet at Crewe, Rowett will make at least one defensive change to accommodate skipper Zander Diamond, who returns from suspension.

Fellow centre-half Nathan Stanton is also available after returning to training following the bout of sickness that forced him to miss the 1-0 victory at Gresty Road.

ALBION went out of the Birmingham Senior Cup as Hednesford Town snatched a last-gasp 5-4 win in Tuesday’s second round tie at Keys Park.

The game appeared to be heading to extra-time when Albion skipper John McGrath scored his second goal of the night to level the scores in the 84th minute.

But the Evo-Stik NPL Premier Division side had the final say when Michael Lennon swept home the winner in the last minute.

A strong Albion side took the lead in the 13th minute when Kee struck with a superb volley.

However, the Pitmen rallied to take a 2-1 lead as Lennon equalised in the 25th minute before Elliott Durrell confidently converted a penalty 12 minutes later when the Brewers found themselves under real pressure.

The home side extended their lead two minutes after half-time when Durrell ghosted past Albion’s defence.

His shot was blocked, but Sean O’Connor scrambled the ball in from three yards.

Albion’s extra class told briefly as McGrath and Justin Richards scored in quick succession.

Sam Craven scored for the Pitmen on 75 minutes only for McGrath to level the tie at 4-4.

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  • Burton Mail  |  December 06 2012, 4:17PM

    My preferred front partnership would always be Billy Kee parterning Calvin Zola, with Patterson & Richards coming on for both in the second half. Billy's goal against Dagenham last month was the best I've ever seen at the Pirelli. By the way, what's happened to Justin Richards? He's disappeared off the radar after an excellent start to his Burton career.