Pre-Season Larks: Burton Albion First-Team Coach Comes On As Substitute In Friendly And Promptly Scores In Narrow Defeat

Chris Wright

25th, July 2018

Burton Albion play Solihull Moors in the Derby della Atrocious Kits (Photo: @burtonalbionfc/Twitter)

Burton Albion continued their pre-season preparations with a friendly away against non-league Solihull Moors on Tuesday.

Unfortunately, the League One side fell to a 3-2 defeat at Damson Park, but there were positives to be taken from the game, notably a second-half cameo from 33-year-old Chris Beardsley – a non-registered member of Nigel Clough’s back-room team.

Beardsley, who used to play for Stevenage and has been on the coaching staff at Burton for three years, entered the fray as a half-time substitute against Solihull, immediately went up front and ended up getting himself on the score sheet by the end of the game.

Cometh the 78th minute, cometh the sport scientist, as Beardsley chucked himself at a loose Darren Bent header to pull one back for the Brewers…

Sadly no footage of Beardsley’s screamer is available as yet but the Burton Mail referred to it as a “brave bundle” in their live report, so you can probably envisage the amount of power and technique that went into it.

Sign him up, Nige!

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