Triple for success for Burton Hockey club on the last day of the season as confirmation that three teams will be promoted.

Burton Hockey Ladies 1s played their last game of the season away at Olton. With both teams already in a promotion spot, Burton went out to enjoy our last game together as a squad. Burton conceded early but fought straight back with two goals from Hannah TSL and Lucy Pendleton to have a 2-1 lead at half time.

Olton came out stronger in the second half and as Burton tired in the scorching heat, Olton pulled back an equaliser to make it 2-2. Both teams worked hard earning shots on goal, Sophie Carlton-Greaves having two goals stopped on the line by the defender and keeper, Megan Bignell making some excellent saves and coming out of the goal to smother on several occasions. With minutes to go, Olton crashed a ball into the D which found their forward who struck a good volley on the reverse to edge them into the lead. Despite a last minute push Burton couldn’t find an equaliser and went down 3 2

Man of the match this week went to  Bignell and Pendleton for their performances.

Next season will probably see the team with out  Elin Mills and Pendleton who are heading off to university in September. Burton is a higher division again next year will be looking for more players who have come through the academy to move up the teams and keep the Ladies team moving ahead.

The other ladies teams league finished last week but there has been confirmation the Ladies 4s have been promoted and they will look forward to a game against the Burton 3s next season in the same league.

Burton Mens 1s finished their season with a 3 all draw against local rivals Lichfield's 2s. This left the team in the middle of the table.

 

Burton Mens 2s will be glad the season is over after a 8 1 defeat to all the all conquering Repton 1s leaving them bottom of the league.. This was the best result by a club against the Repton team  in their last nine matches, with Paul Cleaver getting the goal.

 



Burton Mens 3s finished off the league season with another strong performance away from home against Stafford 2s winning 5 2
The game started slowly and it took Burton a while to get going and this allowed the opposition to go one up. Burton's first goal came from a poor short corner injection but Stafford's defence dithered and Burton  recovered the ball, passed it around like demons and Dominic Sturman slammed it home' The forwards then woke up and started to control proceedings, Stephen Goodfellow popped up with 2 well deflected strikes. for a 3 1 lead at Half time. Captain Ben Meir scored with a contender for goal of the season but then managed to miss a sitter. Top scorer,Toby Ganley made it to 30 goals this season with another goal for a fine season. Which the time running out, keeper Mark Bignall, faced a one on one which he broke done but giving away a flick which was converted .A fine last 10 games saw the team win 8 and draw 2 only the performances before Christmas  prevented a promotion.
 
A 5 3 with for Burton Mens 4s over Boots 6s a result which kept them above this team. 
Goals from Antony Kemp, owen raw, glyn holland, and two for garrick dillon.

Agony and Ecstasy for Burton Men 5s. A late call off by Ashby saw them twiddling their fingers waiting to see how West Bridgeford got on in their final fixture. They lost and this meant the Burton teams fine run in the second half of the season saw them gain 3rd place and promotion. A well done to team manager Ian Whetton and on field captain Gianni Di Frary
 
Several of Burton's youngsters were in action for Derbyshire in under 15 competitions for the Midlands Championships.
The Derbyshire U15 Girls squad saw Burton's Eleanor Smedley playing her part,  she saved a penalty flick to help secure a place in the semi finals. A tense final ensued with Derbyshire winning 2-1 against a strong Warwickshire side.
 

Five Burton boys were in the

Derbyshire U15 Boys squad, Owen Raw, Josh Bullock, Jack Tandy, Will Fox and Rahul Pai. The team started slow in the group games and finished second in their group on Goal Difference. They then earned a 2-2 draw in the semi’s against Shropshire, who had looked like the team of the tournament at that point but Derbyshire won on flicks. They excelled in the final drawing 3-3 but beating Warwickshire 4-2 on flicks.