BURTON Albion Ladies’ three-game winning run came to an end as a weakened side were knocked out of the Birmingham FA County Cup by Rushall United on Sunday.
The Brewers returned to action in Walsall after last week’s postponement, with manager Adam Smallman making no fewer than nine changes to the line-up.
He gave debuts to Ruby Hallam, Lucy Cartwright and Niamh Deasy, recent additions to the club in a starting XI where the oldest player was only 18.
Smallman said: “I’m delighted with the girls today and their effort.
“They’re still young and learning about open age football, and I’m sure with more training sessions and a little bit of work with the coaches they will become the future of this club.”
In poor weather conditions, Rushall took advantage of the wind on their side in the first half and raced into a 3-0 lead at the break.
The second half was a lot better from Albion, who peppered the hosts’ goal as torrential rain started to set in, with the pitch becoming more and more slippery underfoot.
The Brewers won a free kick on the touch-line and Amber Hylton stepped up and delivered a rocket into the top corner of the net to get the Ladies back in the game.
However, Rushall then hit their fourth with a deflected shot that slipped past keeper Cartwright.
The Ladies return to league action this Sunday with a trip to Stafford Town, kick-off 2pm at Evans Park.