Burton Ladies Hockey 1s gained an important 3 points away at Tamworth tto confirm a second promotion into Midlands Division 1 next season.

Burton started well and demonstrated some smart passing and good periods of possession. Nicola Taylor opened the scoring after a string of passes left her on the penalty spot where she beat the keeper with a reverse sweep into the goal. Tamworth reacted immediately from the restart and made a b-line for our D, equalising with a rocket of a strike for 1-1 at half time.

Burton came out strong again in the second half, knowing they were the better team and just needed goals on the scoresheet. Then Tamworth worked the ball down the left hand side and some relaxed marking gave them an easy entry into the D and slotted home with an awkward height shot.

Burton didn’t let their heads go down and kept up the good hockey and fighting spirit. From this came an equaliser, scored by Sophie Carlton-Greaves from a short corner routine. A few green cards were dished out to both teams as the game was heating up but Burton remained the calmer team and continued to play good hockey and made many fast breaks forwards. Finally they were in luck, they reacted quickly to a free hit and a series of slick passes lead to Carlton-Greaves slotting in her second of the game to go 3-2 ahead.

The remainder of the game was played  with  composure from the defence and everyone kept working hard to the final whistle. Man of the match went to Amy Palmer in a much improved team performance from recent weeks . With Angela Hughes and Chloe Logan stepping in at late notice and fitting into the team seamlessly.

Burton Ladies 3 faced Woodlands 1 who they lost to 3-2 to before Christmas. Burton started brightly, despite the strong gusty wind and soon went 1-0 up after a slap hit from Leanne Docksey. Burton were pressuring Woodlands all over the pitch and it paid off, after a cross from Micky Shaw found Izzy Ridley on the other side of the keeper to knock the ball into the open goal. A few minutes later burton almost struck again but it was disallowed as Shaws shot didn’t quite get a touch from Ridley’s stick on the way through into the goal.

After half time Woodland looked to try and push for a goal, but with some good saves from Eleanor Smedley they were kept at bay. Two goals followed in the second half, both from Shaw for a good final score of 4-0.

Katie Furzeman was named Man of the match after some great running wide and  having a strong game.

Burton Ladies 4s battled hard  to win 4-0 against Staveley 3s. Burton dominated the first half and had a number of penalty corners but couldn’t convert. They were awarded a flick for a foot on the line, but the keeper saved the flick to keep it goalless at  half time. 

Burton fought hard in the second half, scoring two goals from open play and two from short corners. Yazmin Ambler  ran her socks off and deservedly won player of the match. 

Burton hockey mens 1s face Warwick University 2s and a quick start from Burton saw Ben Elson open the scoring a goal but that was the highlite of the first half. 

The second half kicked off with coach, Jamie Cooper, leading from the front  taking the ball from the half way line driving into the D and scoring a goal.

This gave burton a great boost and some great work from Jamie Jenkins allowed Elson to get his second goal. Some good build up play from Vijay Trivedy and Tim Winter allowed Burton to be relentless with there attacks and Jamie Jenkins got a fourth goal.

Keeper, Jack Smith made some solid saves but the university they were able to get a couple past him. Another good game from youngsters, Owen Raw and Tom Shenton . Elson then completed his hat trick and Cooper got another goal to close out a 6 2 win

No such luck for Burton Mens 2s who remain rooted at the bottom of their league after a 4 0 defeat to Nottingham Players 1s.

Burton Mens 3s fine form saw them face top of the league, Market Drayton and a bit apprehensive as they were missing 4 regulars who had been taken by the 2nds. Captain Ben Meir had done his homework hough and this certainly helped nullify Draytons threat as he sat himself and Dominic Sturman on their playmakers. These players clearly normally have the run of the pitch and this frustrated them, forcing them to focus the majority of their attacks down their left which played right into the hands of Dave Watkins. Youngsters Will Fox and debutant Joe Mylrea played with assured calmness beyond their years and gave a glimpse of the future strength Burton has. Stephen Goodfellow proved to be constant menace for their forwards and Mark Bignall, James Crane and Rob Pilgrim provided the steel at the back. Toby Ganley turned their centre back inside out on a number of occasions and scored 2 goals and set up Sturman for another. Defenders Pilgrim and Kevin Stanyon worked there way up the field and Pilgrim found Stanyon in the D and he deflected it into the  back of that net. Elliot Bishton had another strong game doing a lot of the creating and always being an outlet .
Man of the match went to Sturman did me a good defensive job but still went on the offensive at the right times and showed great tactical awareness.
Frustration for Burton Mens 4s when their opposition defaulted.
Burton Men's 5th team braved the wind and rain to face second in the league Leicester.
Determined to keep their unbeaten run of 8 games they went in with a strong game plan with every player committed to the task.
Leicester quickly showed that they too had come out to win. A series of fast and accurate passes saw a ball fly past keeper Gianni Di Frary on the back post. This caught everyone off guard and certainly woke Burton up. Burton got the ball into their D and Alex Farmer scored a blinder past their keeper. Leicester fought back and managed to get a second goal t take them back into the lead.
Andy Locker then created a chance and ran on their goal and fired a second ball into the back of the net for Burton.
The remainder of the first half saw the play going from one end of the pitch to the other, Leicester were a strong and skilful team but Burton closed down all their attacking attempts, taking the game into half time with the score 2-2.
Burton changed the system slightly going into the second half, bringing one forward back into midfield to strengthen the defensive play and provide them with more chances to get the ball to the forwards. Leicester were awarded a number of short corners but failed to convert them and the frustration was beginning to show as they started to argue between themselves. A chance presented itself and Leicester went up one but this was quickly and skilfully equalised by Farmer who scored another good goal. Both teams were tiring but refusing to give in, Leicester put themselves in the lead again but not for long as a short corner to Burton saw Locker lift the ball over their keeper into the goal to finish 4 all. Man of the match went to keeper Di Frary for his ninja goalkeeping skills keeping the remainder of Leicester's shots on goal out of the net.

Burton's Badgers faced Leek's B squad in blustery conditions. The first half was a tight affair with both sides playing some good hockey but lacking a cutting edge up front. However, Burton were the first to come good to register a slender 1-0 half-time lead. The team talk in the break focussed on early passing and close proximity of players to pass to and Burton immediately improved at the start of the second half. However a defensive lapse from captain, Mark Shorhouse saw him lose the ball and the Leek attacker went through one on one with the keeper and confidently scored an equalizer. The Burton team bounced back quickly to retake the lead and grew in confidence from there, playing some good hockey to eventually record a comfortable 3-1 victory to spare the captains blushes.. Scorers were Lewis Smith, Oliver Frost and Isaac Farmer. 
 
Several Burton players were in action for Derbyshire in the Midlands tournament.
 
Derbyshire U17 boys included Burton players, Kieran Whetton, Toby Ganley and Charlie Mafham . Outstanding hockey was played by all the Derbyshire boys as they won their group and beat Worcestershire in the final to take gold.
in the girls tournament the U17 also became Midlands County Champions. Travelling to Stourport HC, their first game being at 9.40am and final game at 16.25... A long but exciting day saw the girls fought hard winning all of their games. Burton's Hannah Tjon Soei Len, Hatty Shenton and Alice Hickman all played a key role in the teams's success , Shenton and Tjon Soei Len both  scoring goals.