Burton Hockey Ladies 1s had an unexciting 0-0 draw vs Solihull Blossomfield but displayed some good hockey against a very experience side who finished 2nd in the league last season. Burton had more chances, both Amy Palmer and Lucy Pendleton were very close to finding the net and Megan Bignell made a crucial save to keep Burton in it in the second half. Man of the match went to Abi Lester.

 

Burton ladies 2s faced Derby 3s and ­a­­fter a slow start to the game, Burton found their footing in the game with some good passing. Derby were quick on the attacks, but were soon stopped by the defence. Burton continued the simple passes, leading to Shannon Dillon slotting the ball in the goal. Burton continued to pressure Derby but couldn't find the back of the net, so just a goal lead at half time.

 

Burton stepped up in the second half, aiming to keep possession. This soon paid off as a well-timed ball was passed through to Hannah Tjon Soei Len, who won a one on one against the keeper, to go 2-0 up. Derby kept pushing and had some attacks which were stopped on the line. Burton kept working hard and from a quick long corner a first time strike from Tjon Soei Len finished off the game for a 3-0 win.  Man of the match was tied between Micky Shaw, Alex Dolman, Alice Hickman, Olivia Dale and Chloe Logan. Highlighting a good team performance off everyone

 

Burton Ladies 3’s faced Ilkeston 2’s away and started the game off well, trying to press towards on their goal, there was lots of movement from the Inners, right up to the Forwards. They fought hard in the D and were rewarded with a Short Corner, unfortunately they were unable to convert. They tried to test the defence but they didn’t allow them through, so it was goalless at half time

 

Burton had a good second half and were rewarded with a goal, when a long ball was passed in from Michelle to Leanne Docksey who managed to score. Every single player played really well, in a good team effort.

 

Burton Hockey Men’s 1s played away at Coalville after a cold windy and wet warm up, Burton started slow and conceded an early goal to Coalville. Burton then put into practice routines from the training ground and won a short corner. Mark Northcott took a new role as injector, Mark Ashton-Blanksby stopped and Liam Goode slotted home. Burton continued to work hard and scored a second goal soon after a pass from the baseline from Ben Elson to Jamie Jenkins who scored his first of the season. Coalville returned straight away by scoring a short corner ,to go to half time at 2 all.

 

Burton gathered their thoughts as they needed to step up their game. Jamie Cooper supplied Jenkins for another goal soon after half time giving Burton the lead. Coalville tried to apply pressure but Burtons defence turned over the ball fairly easily and retained possession much better. Harry Cains played a searching ball down to Jenkins who then used his burning pace to get into the D and win a short. Goode stepped up and scored his second drag flick of the day. Burton continued to dominate the second half as Ashley Harris and Cooper broke free and Cooper supplied Jenkins for him to score this 3rd. Burton kept the pressure out and finished the game with a convincing 5-2 win. Man of the match was jamie Jenkins for scoring a hat trick

 

Burton Men 2nds 4 v Rugby 3rds 2. Burton men’s 2nd team were at home this week with a much changed squad from last weeks defeat at Warwick.

 

The first half was a tight affair with the best chances falling to Burton with quick passing down the right side from Kieran Whetton causing problem for Rugby with the pace of the ball finding Ike Zieliński-Raynor and Dan Tyler on a number of occasions only to be denied goals from great keeping and last ditch tackles. The first half ended 0-0.

 

The second half started with Rugby pushing high and some great defending from Miles Smurthwaite and Graeme Hamblen keeping them at bay. From a loose ball Burton found themselves a goal down. This seemed to kick start the Burton forwards who responded with 3 quick goals (2 from Jack Newman and 1 from Ashley Wheldon). Burton conceded another to make it 3-2, by now Ed Clamp was pulling the strings in midfield but Burton were making hard work of running the clock down by continually giving the ball away. To settle the nerves Newman scored his 3rd with a few minutes to go. The game ended 4-2 to Burton for another good team performance but still some room to improve.

 

Burton man of the match was Tom Shenton who gave up his own game to umpire, a great example of a true clubman.

 

 Burton Men's 3s met on a dreary, damp morning for a trip to Buxton. With the new league structure Burton were pitted against the Buxton 1st team. Burton started well and held strong in defence  even though it was all in their half to begin with. Burton welcomed some new faces in Mark Bignell and Ryan Duff who took on a slightly unfamiliar role in midfield. The pressure eventually took hold and Buxton scored, then 3 more to make it 4-0 at half time. Determined to take something from this game the captain rallied his troops and they set out with their heads high. Burton upped the ball pace and stopped passing to Buxton so much and won the 2nd half 2-1 with goals for Kevin Stanyon and Duff, to make the final score 5-2 .

 

 Burton Hockey Mens 4s shared the points with West Bridgeford 8ths with Mark Shorthouse getting the goal.