Burton Mens 1sts started the next round of league fixture with a home match  against Bloxwich hoping to get back on a winning role. 
The drills before the match got the team prepared for a fast start and Mark Northcott quickly put Burton 1-0 with a well executed drag flick. Burton then quickly kept up the pressure with 2 more quick fire goals putting the hosts 3-0. The most memorable of goals being scored by Ben Elson returning to the Red and Greens who smashed home a rocket from top of the D. With the substitutes filling in well with constant rotation Burton ran Bloxwich ragged with a goal from Jamie Jenkins and one more goal made it 5-0 at half time. The break seemed to help Bloxwich  as they performed far better in the second half. Only one goal was scored in the second half, another tap in by Jamie Jenkins. One reason for a laid back second half was the injury to Jamie Cooper who had a mouth injury and had to leave the pitch. The match finished 6-0 to a lively Burton team with another hatrick from Mark Northcott, 2 goals by Jamie Jenkins and one from Ben Elson. Ashley Wheldon was man of the match for a fine midfield performance. A good day for young Burton keeper Jack Smith whose clean sheet earned him extra pocket money. 

Burton Mens 2nds made the sort journey to Belper where they always knew they would face a tough game. Belper started the stronger and soon went 1-0 up when a misshit shot went under the keeper Martin Jarvis. Belper then increased the pressure and only a string of fine saves from Jarvis kept Burton in the game. Belper were starting to get frustrated, from aquickly taken free hit Kieran Whetton played a quick cross field ball to an unmarked Rob Wright who slotted the ball across to Dougie Styles who slotted home on the spin. Half time arrived with the score at 1-1. In the 2nd half Belper switched up a gear and pressed high and hard, the experience of Ed Clamp, Conner Jenkins and Graeme Hamblen proved invaluable in midfield and that along with some more great saves from Jarvis kept Belper at bay. Eventually Belper regained the lead from a misplaced defensive aerial but Burton kept their composure. In the last 10 minutes Burton played some  1 touch hockey, one such move saw the ball start with Kieran whetton at the back go through 7 passes to Toby Ganley wide on the left who's cross found Tim glover who passed to Rob Wright who calmly flicked the ball over the on coming keeper. In the last few minutes Burton pushed for the winner but the final whistle ended the game 2-2. A great result giving Burton its first point of the season against the third placed team. Man of the match was shared between Ben Wells and Martin Jarvis.

Burton Hockey Mens 3s travelled to Stourport for a late game . There were welcome returns to the team for Dave Watkins and Owen Walters. Stourport scored early which was followed by Simon White picking up a knock left Burton thinking there luck was out.
Burton had some promising moments without getting a clear chance and with  some good defending were able to keep the score to 1 0 . The 2nd half was pretty even but Burton did take advantage of two quick breaks aways to score goals from Robert Pilgrim and Tom Gibbs and were able to hold on for victory and move out of the bottom 3.

Burton Men's 4s travelled to face Loughborough Town 5s and found them selves 5 2 down. Ironically Loughborough were benefiting from their cancelling of there 6th team match against Burton 5s meaning they had a stronger squad. Burton finally kicked into gear and pulled it back to 5 4 and had two good chances to draw before the whistle went. A hat trick for Andrew Woolley and Ben Langrick got the other goal

Burton Hockey club 6s played their first game since early December against mid-table Northampton Saints 7s. The quality of play was poor to begin with, as the rustiness showed early on with several mishit passes. However, both teams soon settled and Northampton looked dangerous going forwards in numbers. This opened up gaps behind them though which Burton took advantage of, hitting their opponents with devastating counter-attacks as they stormed to a 5-0 halftime lead. One a fine effort from Steve Morrison who, having received a pass at the top of the D, dribbled around the top and finished with a shot in the corner of the net. The best goal resulting from several short, sharp passes cumulating in a finish near the post by Joshua Bullock. Northampton fought back in the second half, gaining several short corners. However, Burton's defence held firm and when a lapse of concentration did let a forward in one-on-one against keeper Jack Tandy, he stood firm and pulled off a great save to maintain a clean sheet. The midfield slowly began to take back control, with more fine play securing 3 more goals. The final score was thus 8-0, by far the 6s biggest win of the season, their first clean sheet and preserving their unbeaten home record. Goalscorers were Morrison (3),  Bullock (2), Harry Clarke (2) and Luke Humphries. Everyone played  well for a first game back but Dan Horsey-Elson was nominated man of the match for his fine attacking skills on the left where he created havoc.

Team of the season so far, Burton Ladies 1s  travelled away to Matlock with a bare 11 and came away with a 1-1 draw. Goal from Harriet Buxton. a good result against  a side 2 leagues above them, good preparation for the second half of the league season as they look to gain promotion after several near misses.

Burton Ladies 2s  gained another 3 points after the victory again against Matlock 3's moving them to 3rd in the league. Burton were on the ball as soon the game started. Maintaining most of possession, Burton had many attempts on goal, with many saves by Matlocks good goalie.  Burton managed to sneak one past her, leaving the half time score at 1-0. Burton came out in the second half determined to get another goal. Although Maltock had upped their game, making Burton work harder. Burton continued to battle, scoring the second goal from a short corner. The final score was 2-0 with Goals from Shannon Dillon and Rhian Warriner.
Man of the match was Hatty Shenton for her efforts as holding centre midfield.


Burton Ladies 3s took on Ashbourne 2s in the first home game after Christmas, missing 2 of our there normal line up, the squad worked hard in the first half with some good hockey, testing Ashbourne but it was goalless at half time. Burton lapsed for 5 minutes in the second half and conceded 3 quick goals. Ashbourne pressed hard and burton found themselves defending for much of the second half including some good defending on the goal line. Burton heads picked back up and work rate increased again to slot in a well worked goal from 5 short passes in the D from a short corner, the goal from Sarah Louise.  Hatty Lester was man of the match.

Burton Ladies 4s lost 4-1 to Findern 2s, the first half was going well with Burton having plenty of possession and moving forward as well as defending well. There was a long stoppage mid-way through the first half when an opposition player suffered a nasty fall banging her head. A penalty corner had been awarded, from the restart  Findern scored their first goal. Findern then scored another 2 goals from penalty corners but didn’t really threaten in open play. Going into half time 3-0 down, Burton knew they had to step up which  every single one did.  Burton’s goal came from a ball from the right wing across the D and tapped in at the far post by Kate Lichfield. Burton had a penalty corner and were unlucky when a straight strike just went wide. Then Finden got another goal to wrap up the win.



Match Report for 13th Jan 2018