A busy day for Burton Hockey club as the teams all looked for results in their final friendlies before the league starts next week.
 
Burton Hockey Ladies 1s fought hard to get a 3-2 win over Lichfield 2s. Burton started the better team, even with some regulars missing. The first goal came quite soon into the game after a top D strike from Amy Palmer slotted right into the bottom corner. Unfortunately soon after they ended up another player down when Fran Lord took a ball to the eye and went  to A&E. After the injury break in play Burton struggled to regain our composure and keep possession. This resulted in a turnover of play close to our 25 and Lichfield levelled the score for 1 all at half time. Burton came out fighting second half and super sub Jane Palmer got us a 2nd goal but Lichfield managed to sneak a short corner in not long after. Amy Palmer finally rounded off the scoring when a loose ball fell to her in the D and she made no mistake getting it in the back of the net. Man of the match went to Amy Palmer


Burton Hockey Ladies 2s wnet down 2 0 to Beeston 3s. Burton started well in the game, applying plenty of pressure on Beeston's defence. From this Burton had a few opportunities but couldn't find a way past their goal keeper. Beeston kept Burton on their toes for the half, using their speed when in possession ad they scored goal just before half time. 

In the second half Burton continued the positive play, trying to find a way of breaking down Beeston's defence. They used a series of transers throughout the half, keeping hold of possession. From this they gained a few chances but were unable to convert into goals. Beeston kept up the hard work and scored another goal before the final whistle winning 2 0.

Man of the match went to Hatty Shenton for her efforts throughout the game. 

Burton ladies 4’s lost 4-2 after taking a long journey away against Leicester 5’s. Burton put on a strong front with a solid defensive playing by Kayleigh Bignell and Zoe Ridley. One goal was conceded in the first half and one scored by Izzie Ridley after a great effort on goal and a final finish.
Going into the second half 1-1 The team pressed hard but conceded another goal. Burton then straight back onto them scoring another from a short corner after a lovely injection from Izzie Ridley and a straight strike from Kirsten Dolman. Burton battled hard holding the opposition off and having some more lovely runs down the pitch from the forwards and some goal stopping clearances from Gianni Di Frari, but unfortunately conceded another goal later on in the game.
Overall it was a great team effort and a promising start to the season for the ladies 4’s.

Burton Men’s 1s had a tough battle against Boots 2’s resulting in a 2 all draw. Burton started slow and soaked up the pressure but were struggling to get out from the back. As the half progressed Burton started to get hold of the game winning a few short corners which they struggled to put away and it was goalless at halftime.

Second half began after stern words from coach Jamie Cooper. Burton pushed high early on and won the ball back in the oppositions 25 and Liam Goode slotted one home. Burton then realxed and allowed a sloppy goal to fall in the back of their net. Burton then worked another short corner and a drag flick from Goode was saved but fell to Andrew Locker who slotted it into the back of the net. Burton then seemed in the ascendency and were increasing their number of shots but  the opposition hit  on the counter attack, spooned their shot, hit the post and then they followed it in for 2-2. On the final whistle Burton received a short corner which Mark Northcott tried to fire home but the keeper pulled off a good save to deflect the ball on to the cross bar and Boots cleared the ball for a draw.

Burton Mens 2s were 2 1 winners against Solihull Blossomfield with goals from Harrison Kemp and Mark Ashton-Blanksby.

Burton Mens 3s travelled away for  a final friendly before the league starts next week facing a Wendesbury 1st team. A confident start which saw Burton soaking up early pressure from the home side. Kevin Stanyon and Tim Glover were solid as a rock with support from holding midfielder Dave Watkins. This solid foundation gave time and space to use the width which allowed Owen Walters and Harry Clarke to start putting pressure on the opposition by driving down the wings. A fair few superb saves from our keeper Russell Jurgen Davenport kept us in the game and allowed us to concentrate on our own attacks. Goals for Anthony Kemp Stephen Goodfellow and Tom Dean gave the team a 3 2 win meaning they go into the league with 3 wins under their belt. A composed performance from Tom sentence and a welcome return to Ian Brown topped off a great performance.

Burton Mens 5s took on Lichfield 6s and came away 3 2 winners. The game soon showed this was going to be a close match between skilful and mobile young attackers on both sides against experienced defences. Burton started to create chances but were guilty of not putting them away. Lichfield were very dangerous on the counter and keeper, Mark Bignall did well to make two interventions to keep the scores level. Finally Burton got its cutting edge, good build up down the left found Dan Horsey-Elson 5 yards out he squared to Andrew Woolley who drew the keeper and unselfishly passed back to Horsey-Elson who slotted the ball home. Burton switched off and Lichfield's mobile attackers equalised for a goal each at half time. Burtons talk at half time was to use the width and this soon paid off as Burton retook the lead through Will Fox.     . Lichfield were dangerous on the counter and Craig and Carl Asker were doing well to contain the Lichfield wingers. A third goal was required and James Robins picked up the ball outside the D and drove in, picked his spot and slammed the ball home. Two goals up, Burtons discipline went and they were guilty of not getting players back as Lichfield got their second goal. Lesson learned, Burton tightened up for the last 15 minutes bringing on Graham Lamb in defence for his 40th season in red and green and held on for the win.