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Burton  Ladies 1s played their penultimate game of the season, earning a 6-2 win over mid-table Market Harborough. The first goal came from quick play by Francesca Lord, driving into the D and taking a shot that deflected from the keeper and Nicola Taylor slotted home on the left post. The second goal came from a short corner where Amy Palmer who flicked low and hard into the bottom corner. The final goal of the half was scored by Elizabeth Snelling who got the final touch on a ball fired across the goal by Palmer. Burton were unlucky to concede when a Harborough forward broke loose and beat Keeper Erin Franklin through her legs.. In the second half Burton took the opportunity to practise the half court press but this limited Market Harborough’s attacks and gave Burton many chances to break away. The first goal of the second half came from a penalty flick taken by Taylor  after the ball hit an opposition player on the line. NicolaTaylor completed her hat trick with a nice reverse stick finish shortly before Market Harborough managed to break away and scored a goal similar to their first despite best efforts from Chelsea Jane on the line. The final goal of the game was slapped home by Hatty Shenton to round off a great performance from her for the team. Man of the match was Harriet Buxton.
No game for the Burton Ladies 2s. Burton hockey ladies 3s played their penultimate game at home to Matlock 3s . Burton started quickly and dominated the first 10 minutes with much of the play taking place in the opposition D. Despite several shots on goal they were unable to find the net. 
Burton were forced to defend for the remainder of the first half as Matlock bounced back with a goal disallowed but Burton remained in control of the game until half time. 
Starting the second half at 0-0, Matlock pushed high and relentlessly but the burton back line stood firm, fighting hard to push Matlock back. 
Another goal disallowed , upsetting the opposition , the remaining 15 minutes were fraught and scrappy with a lot of feet and the ball spending a lot of time in the air. Burton secured their last attacking short corner in the dying minutes of the game. The final whistle blew but the signal had already been given for the flick.  Shannon Dillon stepped up and put away a beautifully executed flick to the left of the keeper taking the final score to 1-0 to Burton. MAn of the match this week went to Annie Lord for her hard fought game at Left back
Slightly more pleasant weather as Burton 4's took on Ilkeston 2s in a late Saturday morning match. Burton were off to a great start. Strong passes, nice interlink play and plenty of width to progress the attack. The work soon paid off with an inch perfect long-range ball to our top scorer, Issy Ridley, who placed the ball in the back of the net. End of half time, Burton were up at 1-0 and playing well. Both sides suffered a few injuries, with Monica El-Khanagry taking a nasty blow to the thumb. Despite the injury, she was determined to play the second half - and did so with great tenacity and drive to keep the Burton attack alive. Ilkeston pressed hard in the second half, searching to find an equaliser. Burton denied their attempts and put on a solid defensive display despite some very tired legs. Burton finished the match as winners!  El-Khanagry who was player of the match!
Burton Mens 1s outside chance of promotion ended in a 2 all draw on Friday night in a rearranged game against Streetly. Goals were from Mark Ashton-Blanksby and Liam Goode. That meant even a win at league leaders Stafford on Saturday would have not been enough and a deflated team went down 5 2 with Luke Pelech and Mark Northcott scoring. In the end the fine form of the second half of the season wasn't enough to make up for a slow start to the season. 



Burton hockey men’s 2nd team hosted Sutton Coldfield in a relegation battle. Right from the start it became apparent Sutton had selected a team to win the match with several players in the squad that hadn’t played in the 2-2 draw earlier in the season.
Sutton played a high press and high pressure attack but the Burton defence kept them at bay. Half way through the half a quick burton break by Jack West found Ben Elson in the D who made no mistake putting Burton 1-0 up at half time. The 2nd half began with Sutton putting pressure on Burton but again the defence of Whetton, Miles Smurthwaite, Tom Shenton and Dave Watkins stood firm. Burton hit Sutton on the break a number of times but no goals resulted from those attacks. With 15 minutes to go Sutton were awarded a number of short corners, on the fourth corner a well executed drag flick found the side netting just skimming off Kieran Whetton’s stick on the line. The game was now end to end with Jack Smith saving Burton on a number of occasions. With only minutes to go Dougie Henderson found Elson in the D who’s first time shot hit the keeper in and the rebound found Elson who made no mistake. The end of the game came with a 2-1 win to Burton. A great team performance and the great escape could be on the cards



Burton 3rd draw 3 3 against Barford Tigers with goals from Rob Pilgram Tom Gibbs and Ben Mair. This could be a crucial point to avoid relegation as one more point from the final rearranged game would be enough to escape.



Burton 5 the lost 3 1 Away to Loughborough Town 5 ths with Jason king scoring.


Burton mixed team fought hard against a top notch Khalsa team but unfortunately missed out on the next round by one goal. The aim for the slightly understaffed team was to keep the score line below double figures as they have experienced Khalsa previously in the mixed and know how lethal they can be on goal. Burton kept the score line to 0-0 for 25 minutes but went into half time 1-0 down and Khalsa quickly scored another after the halftime break. Burton then managed to pull the scoreline back to 2-2 after a volley finish by Ben Elson and a dragflick from man of the match Liam Goode. Unfortunately Khalsa’s best player leapt into action and made sure that they finished as overall winners with a rocket reverse stick shot to make it 3-2. A performance to be proud of by the mixed team.


Burton hockey Ladies 1s travelled to a snowy Nottingham  to face Boots 2s. They started well and battled with the wind and driving snow/hail to create many chances but failed to convert. This remained the same for the majority of the first half with Boots breaking away once or twice but well dealt with by Leigh AlexandraChelsea Jane and Erin Franklin. Eventually the ball fell to an 

unmarked Francesca Lord at the top of the D who slapped it home to give Burton a 1-0 lead. In the second half, with the wind behind them, they stepped it up a gear and found Boots tiring allowing burton to score a further 6 goals in the second half. Goals for Amy Palmer, Nicola Taylor x 2, Lucy PendletonHarriet Buxton and a second for Lord Final score 7-0. Man of the match went to Lord for scoring twice as many goals in this game than she has all season.

This win puts Burton 8 points clear of 2nd place with only 6 more points to play for, guaranteeing the team PROMOTION into Midlands 2 for the 2018/19 season. This team has over the last two season just missed out and now they have developed a killer instinct along with good skills. Well coached by Jamie cooper and the team contains many youngsters who came through the clubs academy. They can now enjoy there last two matches in a great season for the team and captain Amy Palmer.


Burtion ladies 2s faced Belper 3s. Burton started slowly, with Belper scoring within the first 10 minutes of the game. Burton soon stepped up, putting pressure on Belper's defence. This soon paid off when Burton equalised. The first half finishing 1-1. In the second half Burton continued the positive play, dominating the game. The hard work began to pay off when Burton scored another 2 goals. Burton continued to use plenty of passes, keeping the ball away from Belper. Final score finishing 3-1. Goals were scored by Susie Spruce x2 and Alex Dolman.

Man of the match this week went to Susie Spruce and Alex Dolman for their efforts throughout the game

Burton Ladies 3 played Derby again a very different line up from the last game, Burton started well despite Derby’s quick start and quickly became frustrated thanks to the efforts of Burton’s back line keeping them out of the goal. Burton had some nice play on the attack through the middle but Derby were able to pick them up in their 23 and were quick to re-distribute the ball. Derby had a chance when a shot on target hit the post but rebounded onto a Burton shirt which was promptly cleared out of the D. Burton defended several short corners well with Derby’s routines becoming a tad predictable making it easier for them and the back line to keep the ball out of the net. Halftime came at 0-0. Both sides pushed hard in the second half looking for what would likely be the winning goal, with Derby playing some tactical substitutions Burton found themselves defending their socks off. Burton were able to make a few breaks butcould not break their keeper after sneaking through their defence. Several more corners were awarded to Derby who were unable to convert. 
Play was stopped with 3 1/2 minutes to go due to hail covering the pitch. As Derby were on the attack they wanted to continue so after a long conversation the sun came back out. 
Resume play and Burton took off with the ball down the sideline and pretty much kept it there until the final whistle at 0-0 meaning Burton coming away with a hard fought point in tough weather conditions.

MOTM this week was awarded to Alice Hawkins.
Burton hockey men's 1s kept their promotion dreams alive with a 2 1 win over Coventry and North Warwickshire. Goals from Mark northcott and Jamie Jenkins secured the points. Sunday's game was postponed again against streetly who are 4 th in the league. With only 2 games left, nExt Saturday the play

League leaders Stratford and a win will be required even that though may not be enough. Stratford and 2nd placed Chesterfield both have to play bottom of the league Nottingham players who have a -67 goal difference. If Burton win both games then it's down to chesterfields losing against 5th placed Telford and hoping buttons goal difference is enough.

Burton men's 2s went down 1 0 to Lichfield in a slow disrupted match. With 2 games to go they are bottom of the league. A win though against the team above them Sutton coldifeld is key next week as that will move them off the bottom. Worcester are on the same points as Sutton and have 2 tougher games, so the great escape is possible.

Burton men's 3s shared the points with a 2 all draw with boots. Neil Massey and Tom Gibbs were on target. This point moved burton above Shrewsbury out of the bottom 2. Shrewsbury's last 2 games are harder and so burton will look to make it safe with a win against bar ford tigers next week.

Burton men's 4s made the trip to rugby and east Warwickshire and went down 3 0 and got frozen in the process.

Burton men's 5s went down 9 2 to Northampton Saints 5s and are in danger of relegation.