Burton Hockey Ladies 1s returned to winning ways at the weekend in a double header beating Shrewsbury 3 2 and then Towcester 3 1.. Burton opened the scoring against Shrewsbury with a beautifully executed short corner in the early minutes of the game; Elizabeth Snelling getting a deflection on the back post. Burton had chances to double the scoreline but couldn’t convert and on  had some scrappy defensive periods . Burton conceded a defensive short corner from a bouncy fluke of a straight strike bounced straight over the defenders sticks and into the goal to make it level at 1-1. Burton perked up in the last 5 mins of the half with Hannah Tjon Soei Len finding the goal after some one, two work with Nicola Taylor .Burton had even more chances, pressing the ball high in the Shrewsbury end of the pitch but it was still 2-1 at half time.

Hannah TSL got her second of the game with some great speed past the defence, rounded the keeper and fired from a tight angle into the sideboard. With a 2 goal cushion, Burton hoped to sail to the final whistle but Shrewsbury made it difficult. The closing 15 minutes Shrewsbury bombarded the 25 and had several short corners.  Despite Harriet Buxton’s excellent sprinting out on the shorts, one snuck in and left the score 3-2 at the final whistle.

Man of the match shared between goalscorers Hannah and Snelling

On Sunday, Burton went behind in the opening minutes when a Towcester player took a run down the right wing, crossed the ball into the D and found a Towcester stick for the deflection into the net. Burton caught slightly off guard, composed ourselves and prepared to get themselves back in the game.

They pressured the opposition’s 16 yard hits, intercepting many of these and creating chances in the D but could not convert. This pressure continued throughout the first half and Towcester struggled to take control of the game. Finally Burton’s luck in the D changed and a short corner awarded on the final whistle of the first half was converted by Sophie Carlton-Greaves after another well executed routine.

The second half saw Burton with more opportunities but again lacking the final pass in the D. Amy Palmer put Burton ahead in the game with a strike in the D, firstly saved by the keeper but she jumped on the second ball and slapped it high into the left corner of the goal. Now ahead in the game Burton relaxed slightly which allowed Towcester to creep up the pitch and Megan Bignell made some crucial saves. A disallowed goal for Towcester shocked Burton into action and they continued to press up the pitch to extend the lead. After many chances Nicola Taylor found the goal with a lovely reverse stick sweep that flew past a number of defenders and found the backboard.

Final score 3-1 and all round good performance and the six points mean it is close at the top after Olton lost this weekend..

Burton Hockey ladies 2s faced a strong staveley team, hoping to gain 3 points in the match that could decide 2nd in the league.

Staveley were on it as soon as the starting whistle blew and came quick on the attack. Burton began to find their feet within the game, opposing many strong attacks against staveley's defence. Staveley were quick to break though, with a first time touch in the air, catching everyone off guard, finding the back of the net for the lead.. Burton fought really hard to try and equalise before the end of the first half, with many attempts, they were unlucky not to score.

After a very positive team talk, Burton were ready to tackle the second half, knowing the points were still in reaching distance. Burton kept fighting and dominated play but couldn't score and lost 1 0 .

Man of the match went to Alice Hickman for her constant battling on the pitch.

Burton Ladies 3s played bottom of the league Findern and took advantage with a 12 0 win. 

Burton went 3-0 up in the first ten minutes, Findern had 1 attempt on goal early on but they were denied by the left kicker of keeper Alice Hawkins.. Burton had a bit of a dry spell goal-wise, but continued some good hockey across the width and depth of the pitch from the back line all the way to the forwards.
They put away a fourth just before half time for a 4-0 lead
Burton continued to dominate the second half. Any attempts from Findern were quickly cleared out by Emma Cantrill-Jones, Zoe Ridley, Sarah Harris and Helen Holland at the back. With good communication to Charlie Hughes and Olivia Dale and Michelle Cleaver in the middle.
With the  Hawkins only seeing the ball once in the second half the action was at the other end of the pitch as 8 more goals were scored for the 3rds biggest ever win 12 0.
Credit though for the the Findern keeper who made some good saves throughout the game.
Goals scored by Izzy Ridley 3 Katie Furzeman 2 Michelle Cleaver 2 and Micky Shaw 5.

Burton Ladies 4s had a home game against Woodlands 2s and lost there unbeaten run with a 2 1 loss.  Burton started well combining down the right hand side and defending well when called into action. Woodlands opened the scoring but then a good pass from Steph Thandi found Kirsten Dolman who  equalised. Woodlands then got the winner and despite all Burton's efforts they couldn’t equalize.

Burtons Hockey Mens1 had to matches this weekend, Saturday’s fixture was against Coventry and North Warwick who were snapping at there heals in the league table. Burton started with the ball and set off to a very quick start, with the front line of Richard Stringer and Jamie Jenkins showing their blistering pace and their link up play early, allowed them to combine together against a slow defence to work the ball majestically down the base line which then ended up falling to Roshen Jay Jaswantlal who slotted home under the keeper on his reverse, putting Burton 1-0 up in the matter of minutes. Moments later Ben Elson was fouled winning a penalty stroke but Elson  failed to convert. Roshen then won another penalty stroke and Liam Goode stepped up this time and fired home to put Burton 2 goals up. A dodgy few minutes defending saw Coventry  awarded  their own penalty stroke which they slipped into the net to go to Half time 2-1 to Burton.

The second half saw Burton look to apply even more pressure and this seemed to be a very long half on a very warm day. Coventry saw very little of the ball as Burton kept on creating chance after chance. Burton had numerous short corners in the second half and failed to convert any.With 5 minutes to go Burton won a short. Injection was dragged out, Roshen messed up the stop, Tim Winter slipped the ball left for Goode, who then found Andrew Locker on the baseline who slipped the ball in the back of the net to put Burton 3-1 up and the match was closed out. 

Man of the match was shared between Nick Lathbury and Richard Stringer

Sundays Game  was against West Bridgford 2nd team, who started off the game looking to keep the ball for along as possible. Burton looked to run the 11-man side down with their speed and fitness and with multiple attempts on goal but didn't manage to do so in the first half. This was a pretty boring first half as it ended goaless.

The second half saw Burton continue to apply lots of pressure winning more and more short corners. Burton decided to work a routine instead of going for a straight flick, the ball was worked around well and ended up falling to Goode on the left-hand side of the D, who struck home on the reverse to put Burton 1-0 up. Burton continued to apply the pressure, but Bridgeford attacked on the counter attack and won a short corner which they converted. Burton applied more and more pressure in the dying minutes but Bridgeford won the ball down the right-hand side of the pitch and left them 5 on 2 at the back, they managed to work this around the remaining defenders and score their second of the day for the win.

Burton Mens 2s were on the wrong end of a 12 2 defeat by University of Nottingham 3s.

Burton Mens 3rds had another fine win 8 3 over Old Wulfronians.
Missing a few players, any concerns.  were quickly extinguished by Ike Zieliński-Raynor who latched onto the ball in minute one and found the back of the goal. Chasing Ganley for top scorer Ike picked up the ball in minute three and neatly rounded the keeper again for 2-0. Burton continued the Blitzkrieg hockey and veteran Kevin Stanyon showed his skill with two more goals. Throughout Simon Saccaggi was linking up nicely with Harrison Kemp who provided countless assists and then got a memorable goal of his own. Old Wulfs got one back to which Burton responded by running up the other end and following some great interplay between Tom Gibbs and captain Ben Meir ended in another goal to go to  half time 6-1 up. Second half Burton  took there foot off the gas a little and Wulfs scored a couple, but Man of the match Ike Raynor popped up with another couple. Frustration for defender, Rob Pilgrim who had been quietly watching the afternoons goal scoring when a short corner beckoned him from defence. He stopped, he shot, he scored then it was disallowed!
Burton Mens 4s had a comfortable 7 1 win over Newark 3s. A hat trick for Antony Kemp and a goal each for Ian Brown , Matt Mousley, Joey Ascott  and Paul Cleaver.
Burton mens 5th team took on Players and won 4 2
Burton were the stronger team from the off and quickly converted a great pass from Rahual to Brandon Logan who scored a good goal. Players made a quick break from an opportunity that came to them and despite Gianni Di Fraris dive to try and save the ball couldn't prevent it from crossing the line. Burton held onto the structure well and making use of the full width of the pitch, a series of great passes saw Frank Franklin put the ball passed their frustrated keeper putting Burton in the lead. Burton played well through the rest of the second half, with good mid field play from providing good balls to the forwards from which Alex scored a third goal. Players were always quick to pick up the ball and had a couple of very effective forwards keeping the pressure on the defence and Di Fraris in goal  made a number of good saves. Going into the second half Burton were looking a little tired and the structured play began to break down a little. Players scored  and this  refocused the team a little. More good passing allowed Glyn Holland to fire a ball past all their defenders and their keeper who simply stood in their D looking stunned for the 4-2 win.