LEAGUE champions Burton Albion ladies completed their season in emphatic style, as they routed hosts Newcastle Ladies on Sunday.
Any worry that the Brewers might take their foot off the gas were quickly dispelled on three minutes when Sarah Levitt headed powerfully home from Amie Savva’s accurately delivered corner from the right.
On a difficult pitch, but with little pressure on them, Albion produced some fine flowing football and on 10 minutes, another pinpoint Savva corner was bundled into the net by the opposition captain when under severe pressure from the Burton front line.
Several chances came and went for the hard-working Brewers over the course of the next half-hour, until a superb brace of goals by Michelle Beck on 39 and 42 minutes.
The first came once again from a corner, this time Ruby Hallam the provider, with Beck volleying home from close range at the far post.
Her second was a fantastic looping drive from distance which left the home keeper with no chance.
The second period saw the home team show a lot more ambition, and their substitutions made an impact.
However the Brewers ever consistent defence, and goalkeeper Vicky Wilsoncroft, dealt with all efforts on goal with relative ease.
Having withstood the initial second-half pressure, Albion broke forward with pace and in the 49th minute, Hallam’s powerful drive was pushed away by the opposition keeper, only to fall to Savva, who finished from close range.
Newcastle’s best move of the game resulted in their consolation goal, when good work on the right flank followed by slick passing found an unmarked striker, who slotted home from 12 yards out.
Tireless Brewers captain Amber Lawrence (pictured) was rewarded for her hard work on 83 minutes, when she scored the sixth, and Albion’s 138th of the season, when under severe pressure in the area.
The result extended Albion’s undefeated run to 21 games, 20 of which have been wins.
After the final whistle, the Brewers ladies were presented with the league trophy by the secretary of the Staffordshire County Women’s League.