Burton Hockey Ladies 1s returned to winning ways with a 4-0 victory away at 4th place Telford. Burton started on the front foot making use of the transfer and finding areas of the pitch with the most space. They created countless chances, regularly calling the Telford keeper into action and forced her to make some good saves. Finally Nicola Taylor broke our deadlock by slotting one nicely in the bottom corner. The rest of the first half played out much of the same, with the opposition goalkeeper  denying Burton many more times. After a positive team talk, the squad came out ready for a competitive half and hoped to extend our lead. After 10 minutes Taylor doubled then tally with a powerful straight strike from a short corner and shortly after keeper, Megan Bignell made a high glove save to keep her clean sheet. Telford had little more to offer, but made a last attempt to squeeze up the pitch. This only gave the forwards more space behind the line to work in, Sophie Carlton-Greaves and Lucy Pendleton leading to pick up some  balls coming through from midfield and passing them onto our high forward. This created a 1 v 1 opportunity with the keeper that Nicola finished with ease to complete her first hat trick of the season. Hannah TSL rounded off the scoring with a rocket of a strike when a ball fell loose in the D following a broken down short corner routine. Man of the match this week went to Harriet Buxton who had a stormer in the backline , highlighting just how valuable versatility can be. This places the team second in the league and next week they are home at 10.00 to Olton & West Warwick 2s who are league leaders with a 100% record after 7 games.
 

Burotn Hockey Ladies 2s took a trip to a sunny but breezy Ashbourne. Burton started off on the front foot, showing great potential in Ashbourne's D. With some good balls from the half backs, the ball found it's way into the D for Felicity Norcross to finish to take the lead. Burton kept the ball rolling, hitting the base line with the ball being played into the D. Ashbourne began to find their foot in the game, finding themselves in the Burton D, but play was soon broken down. Burton soon found themselves on the attack, but struggled to find the goal before half time.

After a positive half time talk, Burton sprung back into action, making Ashbourne work hard. Both teams continued to push hard, and after many short corners, Burton finally found the back of the net with a  finish from Shannon Dillon. Burton kept pressing Ashbourne's goal, but no more goals were to be scored and they took the 2 0 win to stay 3rd in the league.

Man of the match was  Ffion Church  for her efforts up front.

Disappointing day for Burton Ladies 3s who lost 3 2 to Belper 4s. Belper went two up and then Burton fought back with goals from Micky Shaw & Michelle Cleaver. With the game coming to an end a fortunate short corner for Belper saw them score in the last seconds of the match. Burton remain  4th in the league

Burton Hockey  ladies 4’s travelled to Derby to play a very experienced Phoenix side with Burton having only a 10 player squad. They started off strong, holding their positions having a few attacking chances but Phoenix managed to push through quickly on the turn around with a strong strike giving keeper, Eleanor Smedley no chance to save the ball. Despite being 1-0 down they  kept thier heads up keeping formation up until half time.

Going in strong in the second half they continued to push on the attacking front as Phoenix we’re doing the same, beating Burton on experience. Eventually they scored another 2 goals to take a 3-0 lead. However this didn’t stop Yasmin Ambler from rallying the team and pushing everyone up to get a goal for the team towards the end of the match and keeping Burton attacking right up until the final whistle.

While Burton were disappointed to lose their unbeaten record the still lead the league.

A good team performance from the Burton Hockey U14 Girls who travelled to West Bridgeford, Notts for their 2nd round of England Hockey Tier 3 competion.. The girls hard work and team play meant they won all three of thier games beating West Bridgeford 5 0, Ashby 5 0 and Chesterfield 6 2.
This developing team produced some excellent hockey. With Yasmin Ambler, Paige Tipper, Megan Thomas, Izzy Ridley and Clara Norcross defending well, building from the back, taking the ball into midfield, creating attacking opportunities, which gave Grace Spendlove chance to cause havoc for the opposition with creative stick skills. Megan Johnson and Katie Horsey-Elson kept the oppositions defence busy with their movement up front. Burton keeper Freya Boldy making crucial saves preventing any chance of a comeback from the opposition. 

 

Burton Hockey Mens 1s had a disappointing 4 0 defeat at home to Chesterfield. After last weeks miracle of nearly winning after being 3 down with 5 minutes to go, it was back to earth with a bump. Chesterfield took an early lead and then Burton started to show good ball skills as they retained possession and tried to work an opening. A misplaced pass in midfield and Chesterfield showed no mercy scoring a second. Again Burton worked the ball well and forced some short corners one just missing the goal and another saved by the keeper. Then with the last hit of the half Chesterfield got a third. The spectators were hoping for another great comeback but it was Chesterfield who controlled the second half restricting Burton to some hopeful aerials that Chesterfield dealt with well. Burton had one more short well saved by the keeper but it was Jack Smith the busier keeper and he made several saves to keep Burton in the game. Finally another poor defensive pass set Chesterfield up for a fourth in the last minute. 

 

Tough game for Burton Mens 2s against Loughbrough Students 3s and they went down 3 2, with goals from Neil Massey and Dan Tyler.


 

Burton men's 3s were back Buxton to play there 2s. The game started with a dominant display and instantly Buxton were on the back foot. A few chances went by with no end result until new boy Elliot Bishton found himself in the right spot to slot home. The dominance continued but Burton just couldn't seem to extend the lead. Buxton started to enjoy a few breakaways from Burotn's press, luckily keeper, Mark Bignell was there to save there blushes. Half time and Skipper Ben Meir knew one wasn't enough so roused his forwards to keep pushing for the next goal. Toby Ganley listened and duly came up with a stunning run over half the pitch, turned the defender inside out and hit a stunning reverse strike. Unfortunately it was going a couple of inches wide, fortunately Ike Raynor was on the post for a superb deflection. The Buxton keeper was having an awesome game and continued to make save after save. Then Ganley decided he needed a goal to make sure of our result which made it 3-0 and Burton closed out the game. With new goal scorers and a growing range of short corner routines, this team is looking to climb the table from their 5th place.

Burton Mens 4s had a 7 0 win against Coalville 5s. It was a welcome back from injury for Ian Brown and he showed he is still deadly at short corners as he hammered in a powerful shot. Antony Kemp got a hat trick and it was two each for Brown and Glyn Holland and the team move to 5th.

Burton 5s started off dominating possession against West Bridgeford 9s with Alex Farmer a tricky threat for Burton. Wasteful in front of goal and then guilty of midfield players not tracking back it was West Bridgeford who scored first. Burton regained there composure and won a short corner, Frank Franklin injected to Garrick Dillon who drew the defender and slipped the ball left to Andy Ball who smashed in the equaliser. Now firing on all cylinders more goals came from Farmer, Franklin and veteran Steve Morrison while West Bridgeford got one back. A good 4 2 win for the 5s as they moved to 4th in the league.

 

Burton U16’s arrived at the Ellis to a surprisingly sunny morning to face Derby Ramgaria. Straight from the start Burton put the pressure on causing Ramgarhia to make mistakes allowing Burton to set a high press. This lead to Alex farmer slapping in an early goal.  Strong defence in the middle and back line didn’t allow opposition players through despite some  good balls and the high aerials Ramgarhia returned back.. Coach Vijay Trivedy called for substitutions allowing new players on their debut, Tom Church and Dom Sturman, onto the pitch. Sturman dribbled into the D along the base line allowing Church to slip a ball onto the backboard for 2-0. Looking to extend our lead even further, Charlie Mafham dribbled into the D through multiple players and pulled off a shot which sank into the net.  The half time whistle blew with Burton in a good mood 3 0 up. After a positive talk from the coach they set back out to score more. In the second half, another high press from the forwards, Alex Farmer, William Bickerton-Jones and Sturman meant Mafham could put in a slow, arching reverse into the net .. The majority of the second half was Burton smashing the Ramgarhia defence making them make mistakes allowing Burton to score more. Sturman scored again from a back post slap, Bickerton-Jones off a short corner deflection, Mafham with another top D hit, Sturman with another two goals from back-post tip ins and finally Luke Brewer with a high arching shot which sank in the net. Any break through in the defence lead to Jack Tandy in his new kit clearing out opposing players and making the Burton half of the pitch safe. However, in the final 10 minutes an aerial ball from the opposition lead to them scoring, when the final whistle went it was 10 1 to Burton.