Burton Hockey Mens 1's played away to top of the league Telford who were looking for a win to seal the league championship. Burton had lost their earlier home match 4 1 and had the mind set of damage limitation going into this game.

Telford starting with the ball they looked to put pressure on straight away and nearly scored but were stopped by a good save from keeper, Jack Smith

Burton won a short corner in which Ben Elson injected a very bobbly ball which evaded the Burton attackers and went to the Telford winger on the half way line. Telford made the most of this with a 6 v 3 attack and scored with a good deflection. Burton continued to counter attack and as the ball fell to Jamie Cooper just outside the 25, it was like the parting of the Red Sea as he walked into the top of the D and fired home a perfect shot to bring Burton back into the game. Just before half time Telford won another short corner which they fired home. Just before that half time whistle was blown, in form Ben Elson was back to goal but wriggled himself some room and found the net with a great strike.

Half time  at 2 all, saw a very positive team talk and Burton set to carry on with what they were doing. Burton looked strong and held out until Telford won another short corner. The Telford drag flicker decided to go high and scored and just missed defender Harry Cains putting Telford 3-2 with 10 minutes to go.

Burton continued to apply lots of pressure as Telford were getting a little bit nervous. Tim Winter flying down the left wing with an over lap from Liam Goode, who then fired across a perfect shot but found Ben Elson at head height on the line who poached a wonderful strike.

Burton looked to settle for a much needed point but Telford thought different. With a minute to go telford attacked down the right wing, their captain fired one across the D and found their striker who managed to deflect it into the roof of the net. Final whistle went 10 seconds after as Burton were heartbroken.

A good game from everyone but the final score was Telford 4-3 Burton and keeper Jack Smith was man of the match.

It has been a tough season for Burton Mens 2s as they are stranded at the bottom of the league. Playing Boots 2s, who had most of the play  Burton did for the first time in few weeks look like they could score .
From a short corner , Andrew Locker's first shot was well saved by the keeper but his clearance ended up with Paul Cleaver who smashed the ball into the top corner .
Burton should have scored more in the first half but were unable to convert there chances.
Boots dominated lots of the game and eventually scored to make the final score 1 1.

Burton mens 3s fine run continued with a 6 1 win over Lichfield 4s. Lichfield sit  near the bottom of the league and were not great and Burton struggled to get flow into the game, which can often happen when facing a weaker side. Burton still managed to dominate affairs with goals from Rob Pilgrim, Ike Zieliński-Raynor, Tom Gibbs and a hat trick from Toby Ganley who remains top of the leagues scoring charts. Mna of the match went to James Crane today who battled through injury to play.

Burton Mens 4s went down 6 2 to second in the league Belper 5s. Antony Kemp and Owen Walters getting the goals.

Burton Mens 5s knew keeping their 8 game unbeaten streak would be difficult against league leaders Beeston who had won all 16 games so far and scored 109 goals and only conceded 10. Loss of the leader of the attack, Frank Franklin, with a season ending injury during the week  was partially off set by Graham Lamb returning for his first game of 2019, his 41st year of playing for the club. Burton had lost the home fixture 11 0 in January but had a game plan and as expected Beeston were soon on the attack and came at Burton hard with 20 minutes of attacking play.

They found the Asker twins, Carl and Craig in determined mood and they kept repelling danger. With Barney Langdon sealing the left of the defence and Lamb and Trevor Sykes blocking the middle they were finding little room. When a shot got a wicked deflection off Lambs stick and seemed to be heading for the top corner of the goal, keeper Gianni Di Frary was alert and pushed the ball away.

Beeston's pressure finally told, a fine save by Di Frary saw rebound fall to a Beeston player who scored with a shot that went flying in the air to the far corner.

Burton quickly recouped and pressed the Beeston defence, Alex Farmer taking on defender's was unfortunately denied by the Beeston keeper who showed why the have conceded so few goals. Burton picked up the attacking play good runs from the back from Mike Hunot and tricky forward play by Brandon Logan and Farmer looked to have set up a chance for Magnus Harrison but he was inches from reaching the cross. Burton were now controlling the game and pinning Beeston back and pushing hard for an equaliser. In the last minute of the half Beeston turned over the ball and  broke fast, pressed us in organised formation and after a series of saves, including a stick save from a lob, scored with 15 seconds to the whistle.

The half time talk, was brief saying treat the second half as another game and go out and fight harder!
Burton did this but now Beeston with a 2 goal cushion  pushed higher and pressed harder, taking turns to have ago in clearly very rehearsed set pieces. 
Burtons defence was working hard but struggling to get the ball clear, once they did and a cross to the far post was inches from Cae Frary's stick. With the incessant pressure and Burtons inability to clear the ball Beeston scored 2 more goals. Di Frary was having to make more and more saves, a succession of penalty corners were awarded against the now shattered Burton defence, to their credit not one goal was conceded by penalty corners. The score in the end was 5-0 to Beeston, which is there lowest scoreline this season! They stated this was one of their hardest game and Burton didn't make it easy! Man of the Match was Hunot for his attacking and defensive play.
There were a lot of positives to be taken from the game and they will hobble onto the final game next week against Ashby.

Burton Hockey Ladies 1s put on a good display of hockey at the Ellis Astro, with a 4 0 win over Telford to go to 2nd place in the table.

Burton went a goal up within 2 minutes, keeping possession from the starting whistle and Hannah TSL finding the back of the net with a reverse sweep. Not long after Hannah was denied a 2nd on the line by a Telford foot but Nicola Taylor made no mistake in finishing the penalty flick to take a 2 0 lead at half time.

An aggravated Telford came out stronger in the second half and some excellent goalkeeping by Angela Hughes and some fine saves from the back line kept a clean sheet. Burton still managed to stay on top of a game getting very scrappy from Telfords side of things. Extending the lead when left back Abi Lester went on a charging run with the ball up the line, cut into the D and struck the backboard from a tight angle, leaving the goalkeeper no chance.

The final goal of the game was scored by Lucy Pendleton after many attempts all game, she finally found the net with quick reactions from a rebound after a short corner routine broke down. 

A good display of hockey by the whole team, with Amy Palmer taking man of the match and they go into their last league game next week a very happy bunch



Burton ladies 2s played their final game today against Belper 3s. Both teams were battling for points which was reflected in a 1-1 draw. Burton's goal was scored by Felicity Norcross in the second half andMan of the match went to Alex Dolman for her efforts on the pitch. The team secured 3rd place in the Derbyshire league.
 
No game for Burton Laides 3s as there season has finished.

Burton Ladies 4s put on a great display of hockey with a 4-0 win over Buxton fo finish their season. Goals from Megan Johnson Yasmin Ambler, Kacey Rice and a flick from Kirsten Dolman.
Everyone had a good game Rachel Brown with sone great passes into the D which gave Megan Ridley a shot after getting into a great position.
Kayleigh Bignell and Natalie Walker had a great game in defence. Eleanor Smedley saved the one shot from Buxton. Clara Anoushka Izzie Hughes also put in some good tackles and runs towards goal. Overall the team worked hard played hard and supported each other. 

The votes for man of the match were fairly spread and Ridley took the award. The youngsters in the team have come on very well this season . The only question for the team is exactly where they finished in the league as some results are still to be confirmed.



After a reasonably comfortable win over the Leek B team last week the, Burton Badgers hosted Leek's A squad, who had handed Burton a sound thrashing earlier in the season. The home side were thus expecting a stern test to see how far they had come in recent weeks. However, they responded in the first half with a relatively poor performance with old bad habits returning and Leek pouncing on every mistake with swift counter-attacks. Burton  reached half-time only a single goal down, thanks largely to some fine saves by keeper Freya Boldy. A frank team talk led to a much needed improvement in the second half as Burton finally began to create good chances at the other end. They were eventually rewarded with a deserved equalizer scored by Grace Spendlove. As Burton's confidence rose, they pushed hard for a winning goal with several crosses flashing across the Leek goal and Isaac Farmer unluckily hitting the post. However, gaps appeared in Burton's defence which Leek capitalised on to run out 3-1 winners. Burton can't feel too despondent after a good second half and a much stronger performance overall against their opponents compared to earlier in the season.