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Following a stunning comeback the previous week from the Jaws of defeat against Buxton 1st team the team was in a buoyant mood. On arrival in Wolverhampton they were met by a cold but sunny scene which had successfully defrosted the pitch. Burton piled on the pressure from the start, with a high press which resulted in panic amongst the Wolverhampton ranks. Toby Ganley chasing the teams league top goal scorer and Tom Gibbs linked very well. Captain Ben Meir, Simon Saccaggi and Harry Clarke were controlling the middle and Tim Glover, Stephen Goodfellow and Kieran Whetton provided stability in defence. They were easily taking the ball off of Wolves and passing around the back with effortless poise. It wasn't long before the pressure told and Ike Zieliński-Raynor put away 2 stunning efforts. Rob Pilgrim popped up with a 'hammer' from open play and was also key in winning a flick which was clinically dispatched by the evergreen Kevin Stanyon. Harrison Kemp also belted home to put Burton 5-0 up at half time. Their home squad of 16 were shocked and stunned, and Burton were on fire! Wolverhampton changed tactics in the second half and parked the proverbial bus and did score in the 2nd half but the job was well and truly done by then as Burton won 5 1. Man of the match with 2 stunning goals was Zieliński-Raynor. Next week they will want to keep this fine run going against second in the league Shrewsbury.

Burton Hockey Club Men’s 1s played at home against Coalville 1s and won 3 1 against the bottom of the league team

Coalville started with the ball. Swiftly Burton won the ball back and retained possession. Coalville attempted to make progress  but the defence quickly won the ball back. After a quick aerial to Jamie Jenkins, he decided to lob the keeper but ended up winning the first short corner of the game.Andrew Locker pushed one out straight and Liam Goode muscled it through the defenders on the line to go 1-0 up. Coalville showed grit and determination to get their first win of the season as their striker wriggled his way down the left side to slot in a goal to the near post. Half time had come and the game was currently all in the balance at 1-1.

Once again quickly after the restart Jenkins wriggled his way through numerous players and found Jamie Cooper who supplied Rich Stringer to get his first goal back in the 1st team. Burton showed that their new formation was working and that they could actually keep hold of the ball. After more and more possession being held by Burton, Mark Ashton-Blanksby won a short corner. Goode managed to wriggle through another drag flick to score burtons 3rd goal of the day. After a what seemed a long last ten minutes burton managed to get the first promising win after Christmas and hopefully get the team rolling. Man of the Match was Jamie Jenkins



Burton Hockey Men 32s traveled the short distance to Rugby knowing that we were up against with only 10 players and went down 2 1 . Burton started slowly and Rugby took control but great tackling from Miles Smurfwaite and Simon White and some decent saves from keeper Russell Jurgen Davenport kept Burton in the game. Rugby got frustrated and Burton got into the game and won a couple of short corner at witch Burton took the lead when Jack Chambers tried a flick ,which was going over but was deflected in by a Rugby defender . Burton tried to hold on but Rugby had 70% of the play and in the end the 10 players of Burton got tired and conceded two late goals the first from a lucky deflection and 2nd from a hopeful cross that went in of the unlucky  Smurfwaite that wrong footed Davenport in goal . 



Burton Men 3s had a 3 all draw with Buxton 1s coming back from  3-1 down well into the second half. 
Buxton 1s have been thrashing teams and scoring loads of goals so Burton knew they had a game on their hands. Setting up slightly differently than normal Burton adopted a 4-4-2 formation. Buxton were strong and set about trying to enforce dominance in the midfield which they achieved early on and went 1 up. Burton stepped up and started to get back into it clawing one back through a Rob Pilgrim pile driver from a short.. A tight and even game followed and the teams went in 1-1 at half time. Back out for the second half and Buxton started to turn it on eventually going 3-1 up. Some stunning defensive displays  from Tim Glover, James Crane Pilgrim and Keiran Whetton. However star of the show with a man of the match performance from keeper Mark Bignell who dominated his D . The comeback started with a goal from new signing Dominic Sturman and a cracker to earn the draw at the end when Harrison Kep found Toby Ganley in exactly the right place at the right time. 

Burton Men 4s had a good 5 2 victory away to West Bridgeford 8ths.
Burton  men's 5th won at home 6 - 1 against South Notts 3.. An outstanding team effort by all members. 2 Goals from Frank Franklin and Azar Mahmood and Brandon Logan scored a good goal. It was good play from all the team with Mark Shorthouse finishing the game with a cracker. 
 
Burton Hockey Ladies 1s finished a run of friendlies with an away fixture against Lichfield 2s. Burton started the game with good ball pace and fast passing, always 1 step ahead of the opposition and kept this up for the first 10 minutes. Lichfield used a long ball to break through Burton's lines and scored the first goal of the game against the run of play. Burton reacted immediately with Sophie Carlton-Greaves making a good run with the ball into the D and managed to sneak it under the keeper and over the line for 1-1 at  half time. Burton’s slick passing had taken a back seat as Lichfield just sought out the long ball and forced Burton away from their desired style of play. A period of 15 minutes in the second half saw Burton playing very defensively with some good saves from Megan Bignell and man of the match Francesca Lord breaking down many of their attacks. Finally Burton were looking threatening on the counter attack and after many unfinished chances, Amy Palmer jumped on a loose ball in the D and fired home, taking a small deflection on the line from a defender. The scoreline remained at 2-1 until the dying minute of the game when a slip from right back Abi Lester left Lichfield with an overload which they took advantage of and slotted home with some neat passing around the keeper for the draw.
 

Burton Hockey ladies 2s took a trek to cold, wet and windy Buxton.

Burton started the game at a high tempo, which soon reflected with Susie spruce scoring a superb penalty flick within the first 2 minutes of the game. Buxton began to step up in the game, challenging Burton's defence, which was soon broke down. As the play continued, Burton moved the ball around the pitch using short sharp passes, pressuring Buxton. This soon reflected as Burton scored another 2 goals within the half.

Buxton started the second half strong, leaving Burton on the defensive for a few minutes. Burton continued to use all of the pitch, creating multiple opportunities on goal. Burton continued to score another 2 goals in this half. Final score finishing 5-0. Goals were scored by x2 Susie Spruce, x2 Felicity Norcross and Shannon Dillon.

Man of the match went to Jane Palmer for help continuous movement around the pitch and assists within the game.

Burton Hockey Ladies 3s hosted Matlock 4s and won 2 0 
The first half looked like it would be fairly quiet with equal play at both ends until a green card for Matlock took them temporarily down to 10 men. Burton opened the scoring with a well executed short corner routine netted home by Katie Furzeman.
Holding onto the lead into the second half the game pace stepped up and the Burton back line held firm with some great play and communications to break down the Matlock attack 
Some good game play up the Wing  took Burton into the Matlock D winning another short corner and capitalising again after the ball went wide, was crossed in and tapped in by Izzy Ridley.
Matlock to their credit played for a consolation goal until the last whistle but were not successful, final result 2-0 Burton making it 5 games unbeaten.
Man of the match went to Izzy Ridley 

The Burton  Badgers team beating North Staffs B 9-0.  A strong performance and a clean sheet to cap it off . Goalscorers  were Alex Farmer (5), Grace Spendlove (2), Brandon Logan & Aiden Raw with everyone playing well.

 

 

It was a return to league hockey for the Mens section and Burton Hockey Cub Men’s 1s played their first league against Lichfield 2’s away dressed smartly in their first team kit from sponsor Bott.

Burton started the game extremely fast paced and to the point. After a sharp transfer round the back and a cutting long ball down the line to Ben Elson, he picked the ball up 1 on 1 with the keeper. Elson slipped it round the keeper as the keeper decided to take him out out winning a penalty stroke which Elson converted.. Lichfield bounced back very quickly with their young forward trickling one into the bottom corner on his reverse stick. Burton with their new formation looked  promising and looked to get thenselves ahead again. With swift play round the D the ball bounced to Jamie Jenkins on the back post who slotted the ball home for his first of the day to take a 2 1 Half time 2-1 lead.

After a positive half time team talk burton were hoping to continue the pressure. Lichfield applied lots of pressure themselves scoring to quick goals to put them 3-2 ahead. Skipper Liam Goode and coach Jamie Cooper rallied the troops as burton bounced back with a second tap in back post for Jenkins. Both teams now fighting for a winner with less than 10 minutes to go, Lichfield broke down their left wing leaving 3 on 1 at the back as the passed around nicely and slotted home their winner. It was an unlucky result today as the team played well and deserved a point rather than a 4-3 defeat. Man of the match was shared by  keeper Jack Smith and Ben Elson

Burton Mens 2s went down 6 0 to Repton 1s. This was no surprise as Repton are storming the league and normally win by 8 clear goals. While this puts Burton in the bottom 2, the key game for them is next weeks home match against Warwick 2s who sit a point above them but have conceded a lot more goals.


Burton Mens 3s had an entertaining 4 all draw with Stafford 2s.


Burton started well but soon had a wake up call going 1-0 down following a break away goal. They stepped things up with some nice flowing hockey and got one back. The game was fairly evenly contested, Burton got another one and then so did Stafford. Burton found ourselves 4-2 up but we're unable to hold on and secure the result, with Stafford tenacious and they wrestled back to 4 each. Burtons play fluctuated between controlled passing and frantic at times. Overall on balance of play a fair result, but there are definate seeds for a storming second half of the season. Goal scorers for Burton were Toby Ganley x2, Stephen Goodfellow and Kev Stanyon. Next game sees them go to the league leaders Finchfield who they drew with at the start of the season.
Disappointing results for Burton Mens 4s who went down 5 0 to Boots 6s who were below them in the league..

Burton 5s got the only Mens win with a 4 3 defeat of Ashby 4s.
Burton played exactly to their plan and to the team  structure all the way through.
Ashby put up a great fight with both teams having having possession for extended periods of time with fantastic passing and solid defending. Burton scored the opening goal through Joey Ascot and stayed ahead of the opposition all the way through the game and narrowly missed the opportunity to finish another goal up with the final whistle going just as we were awarded a long corner. The other Goal scorers were Cae Frary, Alex Farmer and Scott Rhodes.

Burton Ladies 1s had a friendly against Edgbaston 2s at home. With everyone a little rusty after the Christmas break, the game was generally scrappy and not as fast as they usually aim to play. Burton had a number of opportunities on goal in the opening half but didn’t manage to convert. Edgbaston had better luck in that respect and hit the back of the net on their first shot at goal with a short corner strike to make it 1-0 at half time. Second half was much of the same with Burton have all the chances and a frustrating amount of short corners but not managing to find the net. Edgbaston scored another short corner to go 2-0 up. Burton though were determined to take something positive away from the game.

Finally a chance came when Amy Palmer struck a short corner hard into the backboard to make it 2-1. Not long after, Chelsea Orr sent a good ball up to Nicola Taylor who evened the scoreline with a strong strike within the D, neatly into the bottom right corner. To end the match in a 2 all draw.

Burton Men's Vets progressed through to the EH Tier 2 Vets Over 40s last 16 with a solid 7-3 win over hosts Boots on Sunday.

 Burton were fortunate and relieved to have 3 subs going into the match. Burton took the lead after 10 minutes, Rich Stringer firing the ball into the Penalty spot where Mark Northcott got the slightest of deflections to beat the experienced Boots keeper's despairing dive. Boots levelled minutes later, as they weaved along the byline after a contentious free hit decision went their way, finally slotting in from close range. Burton re-took the lead with Kev Stanyon getting the goal. Burton's defence stood strong with Miles Smurthwaite and Simon White easily snuffing out Boots attempts to find a leveller leaving it 2-1 to Burton at half time.

The second half got underway and for the first ten minutes it was one way traffic as Boots piled on the pressure and this led to a good goal being scored . This seemed to kick Burton into action as the red and green midfield stamped their authority on the game turning the ball over with ease and starting attacks, Burton's new found dominance gave them a second wind as they took Boots to the cleaners with 3 goals in 5 minutes. Firstly Northcott hobbled in from the left and pulled back to Stringer who fired home, 3-2, Steve Goodfellow bravely went in with the keeper on a 50-50 and managed to hit the post, the rebound falling to Stringer for a tap in from a yard for his second and 4-2 ,  Stanyon fired in a bullet cross which was expertly deflected by Ben Meir at the top right of the D for 5-2 to wrap up a stellar 5 minute spell.

Boots did score a  3rd. Burton were not affected by this though and pushed on, wrapping up the game as Northcott completed his hat-trick with one from a corner, and another strike from open play as Stringer breezed down the left wing, cutting inside and finding Northcott with space in the D to fire home for a 7-3 final scoreline.

A solid team performance by all involved, Burton now wait to see who they get in the last 16 on the 10th Feb.

 

Burton Hockey Men’s 1s were back in league action against 3rd placed, Streetly and went down 3 -5. A promising start had Burton looking to keep the ball for as long as possible. This however didn’t happen and Streetly scored 3 early goals to put them In a swift lead which stayed that way till half time.

Coach, Jamie Cooper gave a swift team talk as Burton looked to get back into the game. Burton scored 2 quick goals coming from Ben Elson who lobbed the keeper on his reverse and Tim Winter. Burton looked to be back in the game before Streetly made a good passing move down the left leaving the defence standing as the slotted one home from the penalty spot. Burton quickly replied through Jamie Cooper as Burton moved the ball quickly from a short corner leaving Cooper free at the top of the D and on his reverse stick the ball whistled into the bottom corner. Streetly  managed to get another short corner,  which they worked well and scored there 5th goal of the day. With 10 minutes to go Burton looked to pile on the pressure more but in Burtons desperation they picked up some cards and Streetly retained the ball till the final whistle. 

Burton Hockey Mens 2s got a important 2 0 win over Warwick to move above them in the league and out of the bottom 2. Golas were scored by Charlie Mafham and goal scoring club legend, Mark Northcott.

Burton Mens 3s had a tough match against unbeaten league leaders Finchfield 3s and lost 3 2.  The game started with a good pace with both sides creating chances and giving possession away equally. Ike Zieliński-Raynor was on hand for Burton first goal after a scintillating ball over the top from Kevin Stanyon to the ever tricky Toby Ganley who crossed for a super smash in by Ike. Finchfield looked shocked for a moment and then settled into some steady pass and move hockey. Their first goal was a scramble in the d with an unlucky deflection off Stephen Goodfellow. They got another and we went in at half time 2-1down. Finchfield started to emerge the stronger as they continued to play as a unit and getting the basics right and took a 3-1 lead.  Burton started to chase the game and there persistence told and they got another back via Stanyon with a fortuitous final touch from Harrison Kemp. Going for broke Burton searched for the equaliser which Tom Gibbs came very close to with the last touch of the game. Man of the Match went to Tim Glover for a stirling effort against at top opposite number, 

Burton Hockey Mens 4s had a 1 all draw with Boots 5 with evergreen Glyn Holland getting the goal

Burton hockey Men's 5s lost at Loughborough 0-6 . The score didn't reflect the effort made by every man on the pitch!
Quite number of injuries picked up reflects the effort and determination,

Burton Hockey Ladies 1s hosted Midlands 1 side Matlock in a friendly on the Ellis this morning. The game started fast with both teams trying to stamp their authority but neither getting one up on the other. Eventually, Burton broke the deadlock and used passing from one side of the pitch to the other to end up with Nicola Taylor slotting the ball in low to open the scoring. Soon after, more slick passing from Burton saw a rebound off the keeper fall to Harriet Buxton who made no mistake in finishing for a 2-0 lead at half time. Matlock came out fast in the second half, with Burton not quite settled into the game after the half time break and a lack of concentration for 5 minutes saw Matlock score two fast goals to pull it back to 2-2. The game got a little more heated at this point with both teams desperate for an equaliser, but Burton playing the better hockey and having more attacking play than Matlock. Finally, a well executed short corner routine gave Taylor her second goal of the game with a lovely flick into the net and giving Burtonthe lead. Burton the saw the remainder of the game out and took the well deserved 3 2 win, a good  result against a team one league higher.

Good performances from the youngest players, Hannah TSL, Hatty Shenton and Alice Hickman wiht man of the match going to Megan Ridley with a solid game at right back.


Burton ladies 2's had their first league game back after Christmas against Derby 3's.

Burton started  strongly in the first half with many opportunities on goal due to a high work rate and most game play being in the oppositions half of the pitch. After many chances on goal and Burton being very patient, the hard work was well worth it when Shannon Dillon found the bottom corner of the goal after a short corner. With Burton now feeling more settled, two more goals came shortly from Hannah TSL and Felicity Norcross to take a 3-0 lead..

After a cold and wet team talk, Burton were keen to get on the pitch and score more goals. The play moved up and down the pitch with Derby's players intercepting Burton chances. However, Burton kept disciplined and a ball in from Megan Ridley found  Dillon for a deflection which caught their keeper off-guard. Burton continued to have several chances but Derby caught Burton on the break to make the final score line 4-1. 

Man of the match went to Dillon for her hard work rate and tackles throughout the game

Burton Ladies 3s hosted Ilkeston 2s in their return to  league game action
Burton opened the game and looked like scoring in the opening 5 minutes but Ilkeston  had brought some big hitters to clear the danger.
Much of the first half was uneventful but Burton had some good linkup play on the right wing and into the opposition D but were unable to convert. An Ilkeston break brought them into the D. A shot on goal was hooked out by Alice Hawkins  just as it was just rolling over the line but amidst the numerous players in a small space Ilkeston managed to poke it over the line taking the lead.
Ilkeston seemed content trying to play the long clearances again in the second half but Burton continued to play their game. Burton found the equaliser midway through the second half and subsequently Ilkeston held a solid attack testing the Burton backline but Burton held firm after a risky decision on Hawkins part to stand right at the top of the D for a potential 1 on 1. Burton stepped up for a short corner and although not able to convert straight off the short, their second goal came from the play immediately afterwards. Much of the play afterwards consisted of some strong tackles and more long hits, with the final score 2-1 to Burton. goalscorers  were Leanne Docksey and Katie Furzeman with Man of the match going to Felicity Norcross

On a cold and rainy afternoon, Burton Hockey Ladies 4's took on Derby 5's . Burton had the brighter start of the two teams, pressing hard in Derby's half of the pitch. After a couple of close chances, Burton secured the lead after Yasmin Ambler managed to hold off the defenders and slot one home in the bottom left hand corner of the goal, adding yet another goal to her tally this season. At the half time a goal up, in the  team talk they all agreed that the team were playing well, and wanted much of the same from the second half. For the remainder of the match Burton continued to put on another solid display, with a couple of fantastic saves from our keeper and good defensive work cutting out any real chance of a Derby attack, combined with quick offensive play they were putting on a good performance throughout each area of the pitch. Eventually Burton managed to score a second with a well placed ball in the bottom corner from Megan Johnson, after a scramble in the box,  this was her very first full length game with Burton. The team, now 2-0 up, played well up until the final whistle seeing the game out with great teamwork and support for one another. The man of the match  was Annouska, who was great all-round, with a number of successful tackles and dribbles helping to keep the attack alive. 

Burton Hockey Clubs mixed team  fought back from 1-0 down to win 2-1 in the second round of the cup vs Boots. Both goals from Jamie Cooper as the team continued another good run in this cup.
 

 

Burton Hockey ladies 2s had their first friendly back after the Christmas break, welcoming the injury bench back onto the field after a long break. 

Both teams started the game strong, both looking eagar to get on front foot. As Burton began to settle into the game, they maintained possession on the pitch, transferring the ball around the defence. Throughout the first half, Burton continued to challenge Lichfield's defence with some clever balls and with challenging runs being made. The hard work played off when Jane Palmer slotted the ball home, finishing the first half 1-0.

The second half, Burton came out determined to score another goal. Susie Spruce opened the scoreing in the second half, burying the ball into the corner. Burton continued to give their all, working together in Lichfield's half to find another goal. Amy Palmer found herself free in the D, putting the ball into the net of the the goal. The last 5 minutes, Lichfield continued to battle and try to score, but were well defended by Burton. Final score 3-0. Goals scorers Palmer and Spruce were both returning from injuries .

Man of the match this week went to Alex Dolman for her efforts on the pitch throughout the game