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Burton end poor run thanks to win over Northwich


Jon Shaw Celebrates

By Scott Chambers
April 20 2005

Burton began saying their farewells to Eton Park with a comfortable 1-0 win against Northwich Victoria. It was a scrappy game but the Brewers always looked likely to take 3 points and end their poor run. Burton started strongly and almost scored after just 20 seconds thanks to a Jon Shaw header. It would have put the Brewers ahead but Northwich skipper Mark Devlin prevented the ball from crossing the line with his hand. Burton were awarded a penalty and Mark Devlin was sent off. Aaron Webster usually so confident from the penalty spot hit a weak effort which trickled past the wrong side of the post.

Darren Stride had a good chance to put the Brewers ahead after nearly 20 minutes but somehow he blazed his effort well over the bar.

Burton were passing the ball around well and keeping possession. They also posed a great threat upfront and their hard work finally paid off with just less than 10 minutes of the first half to play. Dale Andersons great cross found the head of Jon Shaw who easily headed home to get his 12th of the season.

Northwich then began to fight back and put the Brewers under a bit of pressure before half time. They made a strong appeal for a penalty 5 minutes later but it looked like Johnny Allan went dowm very easily and the referee waved the claims away.

In the 2nd half Burton began well again and Northwich were forced to sit back as the Brewers surged forward in force. Chris Hall worked extremely hard down the wing and caused the Northwich defence plenty of problems.

Albion seemed to have a lot of luck down the right wing and got some good crosses into the box. One of these was hit by Darren Stride but Kristian Rogers made a good save.

As full time approached Northwich fought hard for an equaliser but it wasnt to be. The Brewers held on to end their recent poor run and to get a victory in their last ever league game at Eton Park.

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