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Burton Hockey Ladies 1s dominated in a quality performance with a 3 1 win over Stone.

Burton from the start constantly pushed high up the pitch and always looked like a threat in the D. The first goal came when Elizabeth Snelling pulled a ball back in the D to Amy Palmer waiting at the top who struck first time sending it high towards the goal. The keeper made a leaping save to bring the ball down but Nicola Taylor was there to knock it over the line. More attacking play for Burton and the occasional break for Stone but it was 1-0 at half time.

The second half saw more composed play from Burton, spreading the ball wide and stretching the pitch. A second goal came from an intercepted pass by Snelling at the top of the D who laid off to Lucy Pendleton who was there to skill the keeper and finish with a reverse flick into the net. Burton sealed the game with a third and final goal scored by Hannah TSL after some intricate one-two play with Taylor.

Just before the final whistle Stone were awarded a contentious short corner which they put away with a touch on the left post. With 5 games to go Burton sit 3rd two points behind the top 2. Next weekend they are away to bottow of the league Kettering while the rest of the top 5 play each other. 


Burton Hockey ladies 2s took a trip to play Matlock 3s, with the sun shining, they knew it was going to be a hot game!

Burton got straight into the game, keeping possession of the ball. With some good movement for the midfield and forwards, burton were able to perform some strong attacks, challenging Matlocks defence. The hard work soon paid off when Izzy Ridley found the back of the net. Burton continued to play the ball around the field, using multiple transfers and through balls, pushing for more goals. Matlock for themselves quick on the break, with some crucial saves made by the defence and keeper Angela Hughes to get to Half time 1-0 up.

After a positive team talk, Burton knew they could find themselves some more goals within the game. Burton aimed to keep as much possession as they could within the half, helping to create many attacking opportunities. Shannon Dillon found herself on the score board, with a hard strike the keeper couldn't get to. Burton continued this style of play, showing good fluidity around the pitch, covering someone else's position if required. Another goal came from  Ridley who found herself on the back post, making it 3-0. Matlock had a few chances in the final 5 minutes but was safely cleared by Hughes. Final scorebwas 3-0 with plenty of positives to take from the performance and 2 goals for Ridley in her first game for the ladies 2s.

Man of the match went to Alice Hickman for her movement and efforts throughout the game

Burton Hockey Ladies 3s found top of the table Ilkestone Ladies 1s to strong for them and went down 3 1 with Katie Furzeman getting the goal. The team though are 3rd in the league and will look to maintain that position.

Burton Ladies 4s lost 2-1 to Matlock 5s in an up and down match. Burton started the better team putting pressure on up front. Steph Thandi playing some good long balls from her position at left back, winning the ball and then playing the perfect ball to the front.

Burton  got in the D frequently but couldn’t score they won 2 penalty corners, the second of which was well worked but the shot
was saved. Matlock then proceeded to take the lead against the run of play.

 Determinedly Burton equalised almost straight away after half time, with Thand played a straight ball through to the far post where it fell to Megan Ridley to put away.

Matlock seemed shell shocked by the goal so Burton kept up the pressure. The game swayed Matlocks way as rotating their bigger squad they started to take control, scoring a lucky goal after a deflection,  despite fighting right until the end Burton couldn't equalize.

Man of the match  went to Thandi for endless running and tackling as well as getting forward and linking up with the forwards.

Disappointment for Burton Mens 1s as they went down 3 2 to Finchfield, with Jamie Jenkins and Ben Elson getting the goals.
Burton Mens 2s found Nottingham Trent University 1s in good form and went down 8 0 and dropped into the bottom 2.


Burton Mens 3s continued their strong run with a 7 0 win over Aldridge and Walsall 2s .
. First goal was from an ever faithful Rob Pilgrim piledriver from a short corner. Simon Saccaggi  took a free hit on the edge of the D and with no one closing him down he drove into the  D and thumped the ball into the far corner of the goal. More goals from Pilgrim, Tom Gibbs and Ike took us to half time with a 5-0 lead. 2nd half saw more of the same still they dominated and allowed them only 1 shot, with the defence of Dave Watkins, Tim Glover, James Crane and Pilgrim in total control. Will Fox got the 6th and Toby Ganley got one to add to his tally. Next week they take on our local rivals  Barton 2s.

Burton Mens 4s went down 6 4 to Loughborough 5s in a mid table clash. Antony Kemp got 2 goals with Garrick Dillon and David Sneyd on the score sheet.


An early start for Burton 5s against Atherstone 4s. After a slow start Burton began to attack with purpose & following some good interplay between Alex Farmer and Magnus Harrison saw Frank Franklin score the first of the game. Franklin then hit the back of the net another 2 times to complete a quick hat trick, with Alex Farmer scoring a fine goal to finish the first half.
After a good half time team talk Burton continued to dominate as they did in the first half. They carried on pushing and scored again from a short corner - Andy Ball slotting the ball home to make it 5 - 0. The scoring for the afternoon was rounded off with Franklins  4th for a final score  of 6-0

 

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.
 

 

Burton Ladies 1s played their final league game of 2018 in front of a supportive home crowd and took on a strong Olton 2s side who had won every game so far this season so were top of the league. Burton soon stamped their own mark on the game, keeping most of the possession for the first 10 minutes and worrying the opposition. The next 10 minutes saw Olton take most of the possession and highlighted what an evenly matched game it would be. Burton finally regained control and was rewarded with the first goal of the game when Lucy Pendleton battled with the keeper at the near post and managed to squeeze the ball in for 1 0 at Half time . The second half was again evenly matched with good displays of hockey from both teams. Olton found an equaliser when Burton were dispossessed in the middle of the pitch and Olton broke forwards, leaving the defence chasing back. They sent the ball goal wards, finally going in after an unlucky deflection off the keeper. Burton fought back immediately and a beautiful cross field ball from Nicola Taylor found Amy Palmer charging forwards into an empty D to strike home into the bottom left corner, leaving the keeper no chance. It didn’t take Olton long to find their second equaliser of the game, scored in a similar fashion to the first, breaking forwards and catching the keeper off guard. Burton were gifted the chance to take the lead once again when some skilful stick work from Hannah Tjon Soei Len gave her a shot on an open goal which was stopped by an Olton foot. Palmer stepped up to take the flick and although well placed, the agile Olton keeper dived the right way and denied the goal. Both teams had chances in the closing minutes, Olton denied by great defensive work from man of the match Leigh Baker and a few attacks that we had were cut short by Olton through a tactical foot and foul up sadly giving Burton no chance to get in the D and the attempts were cut short by the final whistle, with the game ending 2-2. An outstanding performance, being the only team to deny Olton the win. A positive first half of the season in a new league.



Burton Hockey Ladies 2s hosted Matlock 2s, which is always a tough game.  Burton dominated the game as soon as the starting whistle blew and

maintained possession for most of the first half, Matlock did have a few breaks but were soon broken down by Burton's solid defence. Burton had multiple chances at goal, many of which were stopped by their keeper. Finally, Hannah Tjon Soei Len played around the keeper and banged one in the net to go into  Half time at 1 - 0.

After the break the team were ready to get back in the pitch and increase the score. The play was moving up and down the pitch a lot more in the second half but Burton kept it disciplined and it wasn't long before Tjon Soei Len got another goal. Play continued like this throughout the duration of the second half and before the final whistle, Burton managed to score again with Alice Hickman, making it  3 - 0.

Man of the match went to Annie Lord for her solid defence and great distribution of the ball. 




Burton Ladies 3s was a family affair  away at derby 4s with 3 Ridley ladies making up a chunk of the 11 man squad against Derby’s 13.
Burton took pushback and dominated the game from the first whistle. Despite having the better start, Derby took a quick break and opened the scoring early.
Burton continued to dominate play, with good ball distribution across the width of the pitch and several shots on goal that  went wide or were stopped by Derby’s solid defence. With 10 minutes to go, Burton equalised from a short corner with a powerful rebound from Leanne Docksey.
Going into half time at 1-1 Burton were the better side and still going strong. Derby looked somewhat more dangerous picking up their attack, but the Burton defence held strong. Burton had a goal disallowed as the whistle had already gone for a short. Burton had several corners but were unlucky not to convert until eventually Docksey found the backboard again giving Burton the lead.
Most of the play continued in the Derby half. Derby tried the defences but were unsuccessful, and a great run of play took Chloe Logan into the D and she slotted away Burton’s third making it 3-1 to Burton at full time giving a much needed win to go back in the top 3.
Man of the Math was Docksey.

Burton ladies 4’s played against Belper 5’s. Belper with 14 players started pressing hard with both teams taking their chances to attack. Not long in Burton unluckily conceded through Belper pushing through the middle with a player on the back post. Burton continued to press and attack, eventually getting us a goal back from a straight strike by Kirsten Dolman

With morale high and Natalie Walker from the back egging the team they were soon back on their game and giving Belper a good run for their money pressing at every opportunity. Yasmin Ambler was pushing the team with Kacey Rice, Megan Johnson, Louisa Page and Clara Norcross all working together to get a second goal for Rice while battling in the D. 

Going into the second half with heads high, they kept their formation and continued to press giving the opposition no chance to get through the defence. They soon scored another goal from Johnson yet again hassling to win the ball in the D and then getting it into the back of the net. Later on in the second half, a flick was given against Burton after Steph Thandi foot stopped Belper from Scoring. Eleanor Smedley made an amazing save, winning her the man of the match performance and keeping the score at 3-1. Only one loss so far for this team and they are halfway through the season

 

 

 

Burton Hockey club Men’s 1s got back into the winning habit with a 5 0 win against  Warwick University 2nds. 

The game started well with Burton holding most of the possession and Ashley Harris looking dangerous.. A well timed ball through the middle from centre back Tom Shenton put Harris through allowing him to slot burtons first goal nicely past the keeper. On this high, burton continued to push allowing Mark Ashton-Blanksby, Ben Elson and Jamie Jenkins to really test the defenders resulting in a short corner. Missing the normal short corner pair it was 3rd string drag flicker Jamie Cooper who stepped up and scored. 

The third goal came from the best play of the whole game it started with the right back a wonderfully timed 1-2 between debutant Charlie Mafham and Captain Harry Cains gave Mafham the opportunity to strike on goal, with a wonderfully timed first time slap for his debut goal.

The half came and it was  a positive team talk. In the second half, the defence stayed solid with Nick Lathbury controlling the back and Andrew Locker showing some wonderful skill to find his way out of a tight spot.

Vijay Trivedy held the middle well and kept positivity flowing . Tim Winter scored his first goal for Burton,

Jamie cooper got the fifth with another dragflick and young keeper Jack Smith got his dads bonus for a clean sheet.

Man of the match was Harris.

Burton Mens 2s went down 2 0 to Players 1s. This leaves them 4th from bottom, with 2 two points separating all 4 teams. This week they face Boots 2s another one of the bottom 4 and so could do with a good result.

Burton Men's 3s lost 2-5 at home against Market Drayton 2s. Even with several changes, tThe team started well instantly piling on the pressure and being rewarded going 1 up after 2mins with a goal from Ike Zieliński-Raynor. Unfortunately this stirred Market Drayton responded and with a strong team ethic they worked their way back into the game. Burton struggled to forge strong links between midfield and the forward line. Market Drayton were tenacious and started to win the battle in midfield coming out winners in the majority of 50/50s. Burton delivered occasional glimpses of their potential but went in at half time 3-1 down. They continued to struggle against the tide in the second half and found thenselves 5-1 down. Toby Ganley showed some class with a superb individual strike to make it 5-2 but to late to make a come back. Next week its trip to local rivals Lichfield .

Burton Mens 4s travelled to league leaders North Notts 4s and went down 9 0 leaving them 6th in the league.

Burton Badgers fought out a respectable 0-0 draw away to a Stafford team, who fielded several adult players, including a goalkeeper. Some good saves from Freya Boldy and fine tackles from defenders Sam Smith and Isaac Farmer kept Stafford at bay as Burton soaked up early pressure. However by the second half, Burton began to create their own chances. Aiden Raw and Lewis Smith in particular found their passing range in midfield, supported by Haydn Simpkins & William Bickerton-Jones. These fed Brandon Logan and Alex Farmer, who terrorised the Stafford defence in their D with Charlie Hammond making some excellent runs to create space for them. Alas Burton were denied a winning goal as the umpire blew for a short corner just before the ball crossed the line. A very encouraging performance against a strong and well organised Stafford team. Mark Shorthouse and Barney Longden  providing the adult support for Burton..

The mixed team sailed through to the second round of the England Hockey Tier 1 Competition with a 5-3 win over Stafford. 2 Goals from Ben Elson and Nicola Taylor and one from Jamie Cooper saw Burton 5-1 up with 5 minutes to go. A little complacency saw them concede 2 quick goals but they had already done enough to secure the win. A slightly different line up to recent years with a rejuvenated side, showing some good potential and some good on pitch understanding building.

 

Burtons hockey club Men’s 1st team faced Bloxwich Men’s 1sts . Burton had a rocky start to the game, conceding within the first 10 minutes due a defensive error. Burton struck back with a good cross from Richard Stringer to Roshen Jay Jaswantlal at back post allowing him to slot a clever deflection past the keeper. Some good play from Ashley Harris allowed him to score with a shot that just managed to trickle over the line leaving the score 2-1 at halftime.

Liam Goode had a few chances to score from open play and shortcorners but unfortunately non had come to fruition, until the second half when Goode scored his first drag flick of the season.

Bloxwich came back and scored a lucky goal, a shot from the baseline left Jamie Cooper convinced that it was going wide which prompted him to shout to keeper Jack Smith to leave it. Unfortunately the ball hit the post and deflected in of Smith's kicker.

Goode then used his skills as the teams 3rd string dragflicker and put another one past the now flinching Bloxwich keeper.

Bloxwich were awarded a penalty flick in the last 10 mins but keeper, Smith stepped up the challenge and made an excellent save.

The final score was 4-2 Burton putting them 4th in the league.

Man of the match was shared by Stringer and Harris.



Burton Hockey Mens 2nds knew it

was going to be a tough match as Belper 2nds were 2nd in the league.

 

 

It started as  expected with Belper having most of the play and  they scored the first after  20 minutes. Burton responded by going on the attack and scored two quick goals the first from Owen Raw then followed by a belter from Matt Evans. At the half time you could see Belper where not happy and they came out in the second half with all guns blazing. For 15 minutes Burton held firm thanks to top keeping by Russell  Davenport and hard work in defence by Simon White, Miles Smurfwaite, Tom Shenton and Ben Wells .The turning point came when Captain  Graeme Hamblen had has his finger broken in a accidentally clash of sticks . Burton then conceded 3 quick goals for Belper to earn the victory there hockey deserved by 5 2. 


Burton Hockey Men 3s faced 2nd in the league Shrewsbury 2s and the lead up to the match proved difficult losing regulars,Stephen Goodfellow and Kev Stanyon to injuries. The immediate start was a little worrying as top scorer Toby Ganley took a hit to the face and clearly dazed went straight to the bench. Keeper,  Mark Bignall set about commanding his D and the rest of the team set about dismantling them. The defence of Keiran Whetton, Tim Glover, Rob Pilgrim and James Crane were solid. The midfield dominated with some strong displays from Simon Saccaggi and Dominic Sturman. Ike Zieliński-Raynor was a constant menace, supported by Tom Gibbs up front. Toby Ganley came off the bench after his head bashing and scored a hat trick before half time. Gibbs also added another stunner to go 4-0 up at half time. Burton came out with the same intensity in the second half.
Captain Ben Meir found himself deep in his own half and managed to get it out under intense pressure to Gibbs who passed to Saccaggi who went cross field to Sturman whose speed took him past one to find Ike and finally Ganley who slotted home in an amazing display of pass and move straight from the training ground. A good 5 0 win for the team a welcome return cameo from Dave Watkins. after he injured his jaw before Christmas.
A good win for Burton Mens 4s as they won 6 3 at North Notts 3. Goals from Ian Brown, 2 from Mat Mousley and 3 for Anthony Kemp.
Not to be out done Burtons Mens 5s picked up a 4 1 win against Derby 4s. Goals from Trevor Sykes, Brandon Logan, Scott Rhodes and Frank Franklin. The only disappointment an injury to the arm of Cae Di Frari after being hit by a stick.

A big disappointment for Burton Hockey Ladies 1s, who suffered their first defeat of the season at the hands of Solihull Blossomfield 1s at their pitch.

Burton dominated the centre of the pitch in the first and showed real fight to win the ball and created a number of opportunities. Unfortunately any attempts in the D either fell wide or were saved by their very competent keeper. On Solihull’s first break of the game they won a short corner which they slotted away from a rebound. A second short corner followed shortly after and a deflection routine saw the ball flying into the goal for another to take them to Half time with a 2-0 lead.

Heads not down, Burton emerged from the half time talk ready to pull the game back. Sadly the determination and desperation for a goal translated into some misplaced passing and Burton struggled to keep much possession this half. They did have a period of play that put a lot of pressure on the Solihull defence and shots from Nicola Taylor, Elizabeth Snelling and Hannah Tjon Soei Len all came very close to going in but were denied by the opposition keeper who was on fire. A green card for Chelsea Orr saw Burton sit defensively for a short while but credit to our defence that keeper Megan Bignell didn’t touch the ball once in the second half.

With minutes to go in the game, a short corner was won by Lucy Pendleton to give us a chance to get on the scoreboard. Burton used a well practised routine which saw Amy Palmer slap the ball hard into the bottom corner to make it 2-1.

Unfortunately they had no time to create another opportunity but  are still sitting happy at 3rd in the league with a 6 point weekend coming next week. Man of the match was  shared between Leigh Baker, Lucy Pendleton and Liz Snelling


Burton HockeyLadies 2s faced top of the table, Repton. realising that this was going to be a tough game, the team knew they had to give it their best as soon as the starting whistle went. Repton settled into the game from the go and immediately put pressure on the defence, who managed to clear the ball from the D many times. This continued throughout the first half with Burton making a few breaks. After 10 minutes, Repton managed to find the back of the net from a short corner. Burton quickly adapted to Repton's style of play and knew what was needed to stay in the game. This soon showed as no more goals were scored in the first half. Repton had many chances but these were quickly broken down by the defence or saved by the keeper, Angela Hughes, who made many crucial saves throughout. Half time score 1-0 to Repton.

After a positive team talk, Burton were ready to start the second half. Burton were trying hard to get the ball into Repton's half of the pitch and even the score. After some amazing team work and skill, Repton found their way back into our D and slotted their second goal,  Burton managed to get themselves on the score sheet after Shannon Dillon attempted the crossbar challenge and Susie Spruce managed to find the backboard. Not much happened after that besides a battle from both teams. Repton manage to find their third goal in within final seconds of the game. Final score was 3-1.

Man of the match went to Angela Hughes for her amazing saves and for keeping Burton in the game.

Burton Ladies 3s hosted Staveley at home .
Burton opened the game quickly scoring in the first minute from Izzy Ridley, quickly followed by another from Ffion Church for 2-0 in the first 5 minutes. The game started to flow and another attack from Burton resulted in another goal from Ridley. Staveley,  started playing scrappy hockey but Burton held firm and Staveley had minimal attempts on goal cleared either by keeper, Alice Hawkins or the back line.
Burton were confident going into the second half 3-0 up but Staveley appeared  got themselves into the game and pushed hard on the attack. Second half was settling in to be fairly quiet with numerous short corners that unfortunately Burton didn’t convert. a fourth goal came from Hattie Lester after the keeper came out, and the ball pushed around her and slotted in.
Goal number 5 came from a flick awarded for a foul on Kerry Westgate. Ridley stepped up and put the ball in the right hand corner to seal her Hatrick for the match and the final score was 5-0 and Ridley also took player of the match.

Burton Ladies 4’s had an amazing game away at Ashbourne drawing 1-1 even only having 9 players against Ashbourne’s squad of 15.

Burton started off the first half in a good formation considering the lack of players and quickly became the attacking team giving Ashbourne no chance at getting through the midfield. After  15 minutes Burton were 1-0 up after a cracking cross from Steph Thandi into the D and a straight slap into the back of the net from Clara Norcross. Burton kept their heads up throughout the first half defending Ashbourne’s quick attacks through the middle where we couldn’t cover their extra players and fresh legs.

Going into the second half 1-0 up they continued to battle and have lots of close chances to score again after some good attempts at goal from  Norcross, Anouska Hanegraaf, Izzie Hughes and Thandi. These efforts were being matched by our forwards Kacey Rice and Megan Geoffersons’ ruthless efforts in the D. Ashbourne put the pressure on towards the end of the second half as Burton were finding it hard to keep up the pace. The opposition had countless attacks which were defended by our four backs Natalie Walker,  Thandi, Hughes and Kirsten Dolman. Burton conceded a goal only ten minutes before the end with a lucky push past Tilly Winter in goals who had made some goal stopping saves throughout the game.

Man of the match was awarded to Norcross but overall a great team effort for the 9 players.

Burton Hockey ladies 2s travelled to Prescot for the quarter final of the England cup competition. Unfortunately they didn't quite get the result, with the final score finishing 4-1 to Prescot. Man of the match went to Amy Palmer for her hard work throughout the game.

 



Burton hockey club men's 1s faced Bloxwich with only 11 players. 

They started very strongly with Bloxwich not touching the ball for the first 5-10 minutes. Jamie Jenkins used some great decision making to find a foot in their D multiple times which gave Mark Northcottt the opportunity to finally slot a goal in from a short this season and he bagged  two goals in the first half to go in 2 0 up at half time.

The second half saw Burton pressed much higher by Bloxwich when they took the 16s. Harry Cains did an excellent job at the back with lots of grace and composure whilst Nick Lathbury and Jack Smith worked well with him the whole match. Midfield were putting the legwork in, tracking back whilst also finding top of the Bloxwich D on counter attacks. Bloxwich got their 1st goal from a terrible routine from a short corner that found the net.

Burton responded by winning a flick in the Bloxwich D from JEnkins putting in the legwork up top, Jamie Cooper slotted the ball home making it 3-1.

Looking on control, Ash Harris hit the crossbar and Matt Evans tested the keepers reactions with a fine shot into the top of the goal. Bloxwich benefited from some poor defending to make it 3 2 but Burton reduced to a half court press and saw the match out to take the win.

Burton men's 2s went down 1 0 to Belper 3s in a close game.

Burton men's  3s made the trip to Shrewsbury to play their 2s. A little short this week meant a return for the captain Ben Meir after a back injury and a welcome return to action from Pete Gibbs. Burton started off on the back foot with Shrewsbury players utilising a high press. Burton slowly started to work their way into the game and won a short corner, neatly injected to Simon White who controlled the ball nicely for a Rob Pilgrim piledriver to sting the back board 1-0 up. More pressure from Shrewsbury bore no result when a break occurred and Toby Ganley found himself one on one with the keeper. He neatly rounded the keeper to go 2-0 up. Shrews pressure kept up, they scored and burton went into half time 2-1 up . A short at the start of the 2nd half was injected by Meir struck by Gibbs and scored by Meir. Thinking they were nearing the end of the game burton tried to slow down and hold on but there were 12 mins left and Shrews 2s kept up the pressure. Bad backs and some tiredness started to creep in, burton were holding on to the lead. The pressure told and a flick was conceded and converted to finish the match a 3 all draw, which was a good result against the top of the table team 

 

Burton 5s won 4-2 against Derby 4's. The game started off with Burton pressing for a early goal and had numerous chances and short corners. However on their first visit into the Burton half Derby scored. Burton regrouped and were ahead 3-1 at half time with goals from Frank Firanklin and Azhar Mahmood. In the second half Derby scored again with Burton yet to regain the control which was present in the first 35 mins. Burton scored the final goal of the game before tiredness set in resulting in a stretched game. Final score was 4-2 with two goals for Franklin and Mahmood

Burton men's 4s match against North notts 3s had the feel of a relegation clash with both teams only having a point after 3 games. Burton started the livelier and put the ball through to players in the D but the first touch was lacking and the moves broke down. Finally the pressure paid with a short corner producing a good shot that beat the keeper but not a defenders foot on the line. Antony Kemp stepped up and despatched the penalty flick. New member Elliot bishop was pulling the strings in midfield and linking play up well. The second half saw an even game but from another short corner glyn Holland worked his magic and got the second. Now though burton tired and notts picked up the tempo and with midfield not tracking back were in control. Luckily young keeper Jack Tandy was up to the challenge and with good support from Tim glover they kept notes out. 

Burton Ladies 2s made the trip to Belper to face their 3rd team. The team started the game with confidence and positivity as they  were undefeated.

Burton had most of possession throughout the first quarter of the game but this didn't stop Belper from pushing the team. Belper then broke through and managed to score a scrappy goal. Burton kept their heads up and fought to stay in the game with 2 stick stops on the line. Not long after that the whistle blew for half time 1-0.

After a stern half time talk Burton went into the second half with our heads up, determined to get the win! The team worked together to create opportunities to get on the scoresheet. After a few attempts Alice Hickman drove the ball into D and slotted the ball in the back of the net; 1-1. Not long after that Jane Palmer got hold of the ball and smashed it in the back of the net. Burton were feeling  better now and were working twice as hard to get ahead. With  5 minutes left to spare, Burton were dominating possession and this resulted in a short corner. Shannon Dillon who was in the right slip, got the third goal.

After a hard fight Burton won 3-2, keeping the team top of the league.

Man of the match this week went to Alex Dolman for her continuous efforts in midfield.



 
Burton Ladies 3s hosted woodlands in the early slot on the Ellis . Burton opened the scoring early in the first 5 minutes with a well executed goal from Micky Shaw. Both sides claimed an equal amount of play, woodlands on the attack were quick and managed to equalise.
Burton picked up the play and Ffion drove the ball into the D only to be taken out by the keeper and landing face down. Burton played hard and had several attempts on goal but the woodlands keeper was skilled and cleared every shot.
1-1 at half time at woodlands, with their 15 man squad forced the Burton back line to work hard to keep the ball out of our 23. Burton temporarily went down to 10 men with Becca Farndell-Thorne went off struggling with a leg injury and woodlands took the chance and converted.
Unlike last week burton struggled to convert on short corners, however they almost equalised with a glorious lob over the keeper that just went wide. the equaliser finally came minutes later from Katie Furzeman taking it to 2-2.
Woodlands put a long ball through to their forward and was left 1 on 1 with the keeper but managed to put the ball around her into the backboard.
Burton fought hard for the remaining 10 minutes but were unfortunate not to find the net, meaning they picked up oa first loss of the season with the score 2-3 at the final whistle.
MOTM this week went to Ffion who had a great game and won near enough every tackle in the opposition D

Burton Ladies 4s maintained their unbeaten start to the season with a 2-1 win away at Buxton. Despite the early start, Burton started the better team, putting passes together, just lacking the final touch. Despite this burton went behind after losing the ball at midfield. They drew level with some great linking play to hit Nadia Waller perfectly in stride. Waller unleashed a shot that the keeper had no chance. of stopping. Burton won a penalty corner at the end of the first half. The first shot was saved but the rebomd fell to Kirsten who made no mistake from the centre of goal. In the second half, everyone worked hard and kept the pressure on as well as keeping the other team at bay and held on for the win.