Burton Mens 1sts took on bottom of the league Nottingham Players at the Ellis Astro and won 8 1. 

The first match between the teams had been fierce with a lot of cards,  so Burton knew this game could be a battle from the off and planned to start the game at a quick pace.

Within minutes Burton found their rhythm passing the ball slickly around the back with makeshift right back Andrew Locker finding a lot of space down the wing. Burton then won a short corner and Mark Northcott stepped up and flicked the ball into the net.

But Burton didn't settle for this, they kept hounding the Players team throughout the first half and quickly scored two more. Liam Goode marked his re appearance in red and green with a card, when Ben Elson also received a card , Burton were down to 9.

With good game management Burton slowed the game down until they were back up to 11 and then struck again. Goode found Luke Pelech at the edge of the 25 from a long corner who waltzed into the D majestically and unleashed  a thunderbolt into the bottom corner. Almost breaking the backboard and Burton were cruising to victory.

Burton then went into half time 3-0 after a good team goal,from Mark Ashton-Blanksby. With Burton controlling the game they planned to do the same in the second half. With players becoming increasingly annoyed at their performance they slowed the game down and  made it hard for Burton to find a rhythm in the second half.

Players then countered Burton with an aerial over the top of the defence and with a scramble in the D a shot was saved by Burton keeper Jack Smith and the ball flicked up and unluckily hit Locker then went into the Burton net giving Players an unexpected goal. 

Northcott then scored another short in the roof of the goal and Burton reasserted their dominance. In the next short corner Burton tried a slick move which was finished by  Elson. In another short corner the ball was flicked to left post and deflected onto a  Players foot resulting in a penalty flick.

Pelech stepped up and put the stroke into the bottom corner. 

Northcott then completed his hat trick topping off his man of the match performance.  Jamie Jenkins got the final goal. The game finished Burton winning 8-1 in a dominant performance, 

Burton face a double fixture next weekend and this will be vital for the campaign.










Burton Men's 2nds travelled this week to Stratford upon Avon to take part in a must win game against a team also near the bottom. Within no time Burton found themselves 2-0 down, at this point they started to play some good hockey and just before half time pulled 1 goal back through a clinical finish drilled into the far corner by Kev Stanyon. At the start of the second half Burton took control of the game and produced a number of flowing moves turning defence into attack, from one such move Rob Wright scored the equaliser. With Burton now in command goal machine Dougie Henderson put Burton 3-2 up from a slick short corner routine. With 5 minutes to go Burton looked like they had achieved a remarkable victory only for disaster to strike. Stratford pressed forward resulting in a equaliser, with only seconds on the clock a cruel rebound found the Stratford centre forward in the D and his scuffed miss hit wrong footed Mark Bignell in goals in the cruelest manner for the whole team to lose 4-3.Burton Mens 3s went down 3 1 to Coalville a club that would be Burton nemesis this weekend.
Burton Mens 4s were too strong for Sutton Coldifeld 7s winning 5 0. Two more for Antony Kemp and Pete Gibbs got one.





After the late withdrawal through illness, Burton 5ths travelled to 2nd in the league Coalville 4ths with 10 players. Knowing a win was difficult given that the home side had put 9 each past the last 3 opponents. Burton went out from the start to have a fun game, the first half was pretty much backs to the walls and by half time they were 5-0 down. In the second half they managed to play some hockey and even got the ball into the Coalville area but lacked the finishing touches and ended up losing 8-0. Despite the score everyone played well,  young Dan Horsey-Elson got better and better as the game went on and was taking on & beating players in the 2nd half. The back line of Andy Ball, Mike Hunot, Rob Elson and Richard Bullock worked hard to keep the score down and it was a strong return to the club by Jason King.



Burton Men's 6s went down 7 0 to league leaders, Coalville 5s in a closer game than the score suggests. Coalville pressed straight from the start and got Burton pinned in their own half and Burton were grateful to Toby Lloyd for some good saves in goal.  The pressure continued and a hit out from Graham Lamb was intercepted and the player ran into the D and scored. Not exactly the start Lamb who has now played 40 consecutive years for Burton was hoping for.
Then Barney Longden in his first match for two months injured, tried to stop a shot but stood on the ball and Coalville scored from the flick and soon got a third all inside 15 minutes. Burton made a tactical change to get Mark Shorthouse to take the 16 yard hits and Burton were now able to get the ball up field.  They started to create chances and in one attack, two shots from Frank Franklin were well saved by the keeper who then saved from Rahoul and when a fourth shot went in from Azhar Mahmood it was cleared on the line.
Half time talk was about working harder and they still had a chance but a few minutes later Coalville scored from a short corner.
Burtons defence of Nick Shenton and debutant Magnus Harrison in his first game for 15 years were working hard and Owen Raw and Aryan Kohle were linking up well. A few more chances were created but  the Coalville keeper was having an inspired day. Lloyd was still making some good saves but Coalville scored 3 more past a tiring Burton defence to close out the game.
Burton  Ladies 1s had their last friendly game before league resumes for them next week and finished on a 2-1 win over Stafford. Lots of positives to take into next week as well as 1st team debuts from Hatty Shenton and Alice Hickman. Goals from Elizabeth Snelling and Lucy Pendleton who also won this week’s man of the match


Burton ladies 2's faced top of the league Repton. Knowing the game was going to be tough, Burton didn't shy from the challenge.

In the first half Burton stood their ground, with Repton gaining 4 short corner but not scoring from any. Burton continued to battle but Repton managed to score 4 goals. Although Burton also had a few opportunities but unfortunately couldn't convert them to goals.  

Burton went into the second half treating it as a clean slate. For 20 minutes of the half, they managed to put some good attacks towards their goal and Repton didn't score within this time. Burton continued to hold their ground, but 4 goals were conceded. The game finished 8-0, but spirits remained high.

Man of the match this week was shared between Leigh Alexandra and Alex Dolman.




Frustration for Burton Ladies 3s as Amber Valley Hornets dropped out of the league giving the team a week off.










Burton Ladies 4s lost 3-1 to league leaders, Ilkeston. Burton started well and had an equal share of the possession and won the first penalty corner. Ilkeston’s goal in the first half came from a strong hit into the D where it was slotted in at the far post. Going into half time only 1-0 down gave Burton momentum going into the second half. They managed to equalise quickly. Gianni  Di Frari got the goal after some good work up front . The midfield played really well restricting Ilkeston’s ability to attack down the middle. Ilkeston got a well worked goal to go ahead and their 3rd came from a penalty corner which was  lifted and went in off a Burton wrist.Teamwork, effort, communication and enthusiasm were all present and correct and it was arguably one of their best performances of the season. Man of the match was Izzy Risley who came very close to an equaliser and was speedy and tenacious.


Sunday saw some more games




Burton ladies 2's faced Loughborough Town in the cup. Burton started slowly, which was reflected when Loughborough scored early. Burton soon changed that, putting pressure on the defence of Loughborough, hoping to equalise but they finished first half  1-0 up. After a stern team talk, Burton kicked into gear putting pressure on Loughborough. Burton kept pushing, gaining a short corner which was well executed by Amy Palmer as she scored. Loughborough continued to challenge the defence but the final score was 1-1, with the game going to flicks.

Throughout the flicks Burton kept composure with Amy Palmer, Alice Hickman, Hatty Shenton and Hannah Tjon Soei Len all scoring. Megan Bignell kept Burton in the game by saving Loughborough's shots with a flicks score ending 4-1. Man of the match this week went to Bignell for her efforts throughout the game and during the flicks. n

Burton are now through to the quarter finals of the competition


Burton men's 3rd travelled to Barford Tigers and went down 4 0.. Burton knew this would be a difficult game against the highly skilful and talented Barford players. Burton were not helped by a late withdrawals and travelled with only 10 players against the Barford 14. As the game started within 5 minutes Burton were 1-0 down from a well executed short corner routine, Burton then created a number of good chances at the other end but couldn't find the net. Burton defended well and when the Burton defender clearly put the ball on a Barford foot neither umpire saw it .... Barford broke and scored a 2nd. At this stage Burton lost influential skipper Ian Brown to a hamstring injury. Burton were now playing with 9 and soon after went 3-0 down just before half time. In the 2nd half the Burton 9 played their hearts out and created several chances non of which were taken. To rub salt in the wound Barford scored one more late goal making the final score a 4-0 loss for Burton. On reflection Burton created many more chances and with a full 11 would have won the game. 

Burton Mens 5s went down 4 1 to Loughborough 5ths who went top of the league with this victory. Burton for once had a large squad of 14 players but found Loughborough another strong side. They were pushing Burton back and Toby Lloyd made some fine saves in goal and  sweeper John Glover was plugging the gaps and clearing well.  Then some defensive mistakes and they were 3 0 down before Burton started to move up a gear.

The game then became more even as Burton started to compete better in midfield and push up tighter on the Loughborough forwards. Dan Horsey-Elson and the Sentance brothers were linking up well and Frank Franklin was pressing the defence.  The second half saw Burton taking the game to Loughborough, with players overlapping. From one good attack the ball went to Tom Sentance who bravely under pressure from the keeper lobbed him for his first Burton goal and he got rewarded with a heavy fall.  As Burton pushed to try and get a second a counter attack saw them conceded a fourth. After two 
games in two days against the top 2 they will be looking for some points next weekend