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.