Burton Hockey Men’s 1s travelled  to Coventry and north Warwick in the league.

On a cold and wet day in Coventry Burton took 12 men and wanted to prove themselves again after a good result the weekend before. Burton made a swift start by retaining the ball and creating and early opportunity which was hit just wide by Ashley Harris. Burton held onto the ball well and didn’t allow Coventry to get anywhere near the Burton goal. Andrew Locker advanced down the left and smashed one across the D, the ball flew through Ben Elson and hit the goal poaching Jamie Jenkins on the foot for it to fly over the crossbar. As the half went on it looked like it was going to go into half time 0-0. Burton transferred the ball round the back starting from  Locker and ended with Harry Cains at left back who marched to the edge of the D before whipping in a promising delivery for Mark Ashton-Blanksby to get a touch and deflect home for the lead.

After a swift half time team talk from Jamie Cooper burton looked to carry on the same as the first half. Coventry still couldn’t get anywhere near the ball and Burton threatened. The pressure finally broke through again as Cooper and Roshen broke through the midfield and supplied Matt Evans to score his first goal for the first team this season. . Burton looked to keep a clean sheet but unfortunately  a penalty stroke was awarded to Coventry which they slotted home. Burton finished the game 2-1 for another solid victory.

Man of the match was Harry Cains for a fine game and struggling with a hamstring strain in the last 15 mins of the game. 

Burton Mens 2s got a fine 2 1 win over Nottingham University 3s.

 Burton Mens 3s welcomed Old Wulfrians 2s.where a disjointed performance allowed the visitor to win 1 0. They won 10 short corners to Burtons none and they scored from their last one. Burton struggled to pass accurately and everything was a bit too slow and sloppy. Simon White played well as did James Crane  Mark Bignell made some solid saves to keep Burton in it and Will Fox continues to emerge as a star of the future. 

Burton Mens 4s picked up 3 points with a 3 0 win over Newark 3s with Anthony Kemp getting all three. 

Burton Men 5s went down 3 2 to Nottingham players 4ths with veterans Steve Morriosn and Frank Franklin scoring

 
Burton Hockey Ladies 1s kept their unbeaten run in the league with a 3-2 win over Kettering . They found themselves 1-0 down within 10 minutes when a Kettering short corner took multiple deflections on the way through and found it’s way into the net. Behind for the first time so far this season  reacted by winning a short corner and Amy Palm executed a low drag flick that defeated both keeper and post player. Burton then pushed for the remainder of the half which paid off when Hannah Tjon Soei Len used her fast pace to cover ground quickly, leaving their defenders behind and executed a shot from top D flawlessly, putting them 2-1 up on the half time whistle. In the second half Burton  flagged a  bit, allowing Kettering to get back into the game. They found an equaliser from a slick short corner routine, deflating Burton even further. Kettering began to dictate the game but appeared to lack the real desire to find the winning goal. However, lots of encouraging chat from players and supporters allowed Burton to continue pushing forwards. Some good passing work in the D allowed both Lucy Pendleton and Elizabeth Snelling to have attempts on goal, the keeper saving the first shot but failed to stop Snellings follow up


Burton ladies 2s faced Repton 2s, a strong competitor in the league. Repton started the game off strong, with Burton conceding early. Burton soon began to find their footing in the game, using the transfer often to remain in possession. This soon payed off as a ball was played to Hannah Tjon Soei Len who slotted it into the corner, bring Burton back into the game. Burton continued to control the first half, with Jane Palmer finding herself in the D against the keeper, slotting it into the corner. First half finishing 2-1.

Repton came out strong after half time, applying plenty of pressure on Burton's defence. Burton continued to battle but Repton managed to work a goal, bring the score level and In quick succession  found themselves in a possession, scoring making the score 3-2. Burton continued to battle hard but unfortunately couldn't find the equalizing goal, so lost  2-3.

Man of the match this week went to Megan Ridley for her outstanding performance in defence. 

Burton Ladies 3s travelled away to play Staveley 2 missing a number of the regular key players.
Burton created a number of chances throughout the game but it was Staveley who scored the only goal of the game to take all three points.
One of Burton’s best chances came in the first half when the ball came to Isabel Ridley on the penalty spot but unfortunately the Staveley keeper was quick to block the shot.
It is the second consecutive week that the Ladies have felt like they’ve played better hockey than the opposition but have come away with a loss so they’ll be hoping for a good result next Saturday when they face bottom of the table Findern.
Man of match was joint this week between Leanne Docksey and Anna Hill

Burotn Ladies 4s continued their unbeaten start to the league, drawing 1-1 with Ashbourne 3s. On a bitterly cold afternoon it was quite difficult to get our passes going and possession-wise it was fairly equal for the first 20 minutes with neither team threatening. 
The game came to life when Yasmin scored after taking the ball into the D and all the way through to score. We started the second half with the determination to push out ahead and score again and had a number of attacks but couldn’t find a goal either from open play or from penalty corners. Our ball distribution was good with Izzy R working hard up and down, and Emma playing some great passes through. Clara (playing her first game!) Anna, Lucy and Izzy also had passes into the D and arguably Jenny should have made more of them although she was fouled a lot. Megan had a great game upfront and wasn’t far off scoring and was a threat in the D all the time.
All in all, we were frustrated not to win, but the positives are that they now have high standards for themselves and they remain unbeaten for another week