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Burton Hockey Ladies 1s maintained their 8 point lead at the top of the table winning 2-0 over a strong Loughborough Students Team. Burton opened the scoring within the first few minutes, Amy Palmer intercepting a 16 yard hit and slipped to Lucy Pendleton at the top of the D who sent the ball flying into the goal with a clean strike. The game was extremely fast paced and Burton’s forwards worked particularly hard to try and quash Loughborough’s attacks high up the pitch. Burton had many other changes but the Loughborough keeper denied us converting them. Part way through the second half, Nicola Taylor increased the lead to 2-0 by wrong-footing both defender & goalkeeper and reverse stick hitting the ball into the bottom corner. Burton’s performance only improved as the game went on and they dominated the final 15 minutes but failed to convert any more chances. Man of the match today went to Amy Palmer. With only 3 games to go against three teams they beat earlier in the season with a combined score of 17 0, promotion is nearly there.


Burton ladies 2s took a trip to Ashbourne and came back with a 1 0 win..
The game started slow, with Ashbourne having the majority of play. Burton began to pressure their defence, but were struggling to find a goal. Ashbourne continued to pressure gaining many short corners but Burton's defence continued to battle, keeping the score 0-0 by half time.

In the second half, Burton came out fighting for a goal. With some clever play from all players, Burton managed to get a goal past Ashbourne's strong defence from Alice Hickman. They continued to battle, keeping the score to a 1-0 win.

Man of the match is week was shared between 5 players,  Rhian Warriner, Jane Palmer, Alice Hickman, Alex Dolman and Hattie Barnes.
 
Burton Ladies 3s hosted Matlock 2s and went down 6 0 . 
Burton conceded an early goal but the work rate picked up and Burton matched Matlock for the level of play and only conceded a further goal before half time.
Matlock stepped things up after half time and pressured burton for much of the second half scoring a further 4 and despite the efforts from Burton on the attack they were unable to get around their keeper making the final score 6-0.
Man of the match this week deservedly went to Felicity Norcross for her work rate and efforts in midfield.

 

Burton Ladies 4s hosted a young energetic Belper and went down 3 1. Burton started off fast exposing Belpers gaps on the pitch, good clean passes from the back, Burton pushed forward and produced some lovely clean passes, using the triangle system making Belper looked a little lost and disorganised . After 15 minutes a break came for the left and the defence crowded young Izzy Ridley who held her own, releasing it into the ‘D' , where Gianni Di Frari stepped across the defender to hit and lifted it on the reverse , into the far right corner of the net to take the lead.
The game changed as the Belper team found space to make a break , after some great tackles by the solid defence and good saves by the keeper but Belper found an equaliser. 
The second half Burton tired and the game dramatically slowed down and became defensive.
The Belper team became very organised using two young , fast players to carry the ball down the wings with experienced older players waiting for the crosses. 2 goals were scored in quick succession. Burton pushed forward at every opportunity but just didn’t get the ball into the D . They received a number of free hits in their 23 but lacked the options to drive it forward. Going down to a 3 1 defeat.

Burton Men's 1st XI came away from the short away trip to Coalville with all 3 points thanks to a 4-2 win which pushed them up to 3rd place in the league. 

Burton started strongly and despite not playing their best hockey raced into a 3-0 lead at half time. 2 Goals from Mark Northcott, one from a PC, and the other a Penalty Stroke won by Mark Ashton-Blanksby. Jamie Cooper then slotted home from a swift counter attack started by an aerial by birthday boy, Andrew Locker, Cooper combining with Rob Wright who was a nuisance to the Coalville defence all day.

The second half was less impressive from Burton as Coalville upped their game to score from a rebound at a penalty corner and a good finish into the roof from the top of the D to peg the scores back to 3-2 - both goals coming after Mark Northcott had two golden chances to put the game to bed as he squandered a second penalty stroke won by Jamie Jenkins. Northcott lofting a gentle effort at the keepers glove which was saved with ease, and then again setup by Jenkins, Northcott's 1st touch took out the keeper and with the ball on his reverse side he lazily hit an upright reverse which could only hit the wheel on the outsite of the post with an open goal begging.

Northcott did make amends however as another counter attack from Burton bore fruit, with Coalville applying a high press looking for the equaliser, Burton calmly worked their way out and Rob Wright's pace saw him evade his marker, slip the ball to Mark Ashton-Blanksby who unselfishly squared to Northcott past the onrushing keeper, who this time made no mistake passing the ball into the open goal to complete his hat-trick and take him to 30 goals for the season.

Next week see's the 1sts take on Cov & NW on Saturday and Sunday sees them play Streetly as they hunt down a top two finish, both games are at the Ellis. Two wins would keep the pressure on the top 2 and keep a promotion late charge on track.



Burton Hockey men’s 2s hosted a high flying Edgebaston who currently sit 3rd the the league going down in an eventful game 2 1.

Edgbaston as expected started strongly and burton were pinned into their own half, against the run of play Burton broke quickly forcing a short corner at the Edgebaston end. The corner was flicked by Kev Stanyon and deflected into the air by the keeper into the path of Dougie Styles Henderson who made no mistake with a powerful volley into the net. Burton then found themselves on the back foot with the young defence of Glover, Whetton and Shenton marshalled by Miles Smurthwaite dealing with all Edgbaston threw at them to reach half time score at 1-0.

The 2nd half carried on in much the same way with Burton creating odd chances on the break but had to soak up lots of pressure at the other end. With 10 minutes to go Edgbaston won a short corner, the direct strike was deflected by the keeper Jack Smith into Tim Glovers face resulting in a broken nose. The resulting penalty flick was dispatched despite Smith getting his stick to it. In the dying minutes Edgbaston pushed forward and a loose bouncing ball in the D landed at the feet of the centre forward who made no mistake with his half volley into the roof of the net to win the game.

 

Burton Mens 3s had a 2 all draw with Warwick University and dropped into the bottom 2 on goal differance, goals from Neil Massey and Rob Pilgrim.

Burton Mens 5s went down 3 1 to Northampton Saints 6s with Oliver Raw getting the goal.

 

Burton 6ths went down 11 2 at Harbourne, struggling with late drop outs meant only 9 made the trip, it was captain, Mark Shorthouse who got both goals

 

Burton Hockey Club Annual Dinner & Awards Night 2018

Saturday 14th April 2018

Branston Pavilion Golf & Country Club

6.30pm for 7.00pm

Black Tie / Lounge Suits

£28.50 Per Person

Last Orders 12.15am and Carriages 12.45am

Disco

Please can you return the form below to Fran Lord with a cheque made payable to Burton Hockey Club by no later than the 31st March 2018 (any later cannot guarantee place) or pay directly into the Clubs Bank account but please ensure you send me the form below also can any under 18 year old please get a parent/Guardian signature who is willing to take responsibility for the player and a contact telephone number for the evening

 

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE FORM

After receiving several requests for hockey for younger players Burton HC Academy has decided to hold some trial sessions for 4-7 year olds on Monday nights.  If successful we will look to make this a regular part of our program next season.

The sessions will start on Monday the 5th of March from 6:30 - 7:00 on the Ellis Astro until April 30th and will cost just £1 per session. 

 

If you have a younger child who would be interested please let me know or just come along to one of the sessions.

 

 

Burton Mens 1sts weekend kicked off with a top of the table clash against Chesterfield,  their most important game of the season. With Burton chasing for promotion it was important to take points off teams above them. Then on Sunday Burton travelled to Coventry and sought revenge for the late cancellation a few weeks ago

The Chesterfield game started at a frantic pace with a strong challenges in the first minutes, Chesterfield squandering an early chance due to an important double save by Mitchell Blakemore. The game persisted in its scrappy pace throughout the first half and Burton went into half time 0-0 with not that much decent hockey being played. The second half the game started to open up with Burton looking dangerous on the counter. Chesterfield were first to score in the game, converting from a short corner routine slickly in the bottom corner. After conceding Burton began to play some good hockey. Andrew Locker looked dangerous on the right hand side and won multiple shorts and free hits. Burton's persistence paid off as Mark Northcott converted from a short corner in classic style off the post man. Burton then again broke into the D and the keeper was deemed to sweep the ball behind the goal deliberately, Mark Northcott again stepped up and despatched his flick bottom left. 

With the lead Burton began to drop deeper and step back. This allowed Chesterfield to push on, Burton were then down to 10 but defended resiliently and with minutes to go held the ball up in the corner. With seconds to go Burton lost the ball in the middle of the pitch and were countered. The ball ended up back post with the Chesterfield man with an open goal and was flicked into Luke Pelech. The umpire initially giving a 16 hit to Burton, then after consultation they awarded a Penalty flick to Chesterfield which they converted.

the game finished 2-2. Burton were unlucky not to secure the three points. This meant the push for promotion carried on, into Sunday.

 

For the Sunday fixture Burton were missing a few key players, with the absence of Ed Clamp, Harry Cains stepped into the key centreback role. Burton looked sloppy to start with, misplaced passes were the theme of the first 10 minutes and Burton were very poor. Coventry and North Warwickshire made Burton pay scoring 2 early goals. What looked a relatively simple fixture was turning out to be the opposite.

 

Burton then began to get their act together and starting to pass the ball and began to score some goals. Liam Goode broke into the D and smashed the ball home low past the keeper. Burton then persisted and Dan Tyler on his debut flicked the ball past the goalkeeper. Jamie Cooper also got in on the action and converted two short corners successfully with drag flicks. Jamie Jenkins also scored in the first half and Burton went into half time 5-2 up having seemed to have their heads together.

After another surging run a Coventry player ran through the middle of the pitch and won a short for the team. Converting the short corner they looked back in the game. Burton then quickly went down the other end and Ben Elson mishit the ball but it went into the goal, 6-3 up Burton then coasted and again ceased to play hockey they have been playing all season. Two bizarre goals followed and Coventry were back in the game with 5 minutes to go. The game eventually ran out as Burton scraped a 6-5 win with a mediocre performance.

Harry Cains got man of the match with an impressive performance in defence. All together 4 points from the weekend was good for Burton. It was important to keep the pressure up on teams above them and win their game in hand. With 4 games left in the season and Burton playing 2 teams above them it will be close at the top of midlands 2.

 

Burton men’s 2nds hosted Stourport at the Ellis and expected a tough game after losing 5-1 in the away fixture earlier in the season.
From the first whistle Burton pressed high and went a goal up within the first 5 minutes, the goal scored with a powerful flick in the far corner from Dougie Henderson. Stourport came straight back at Burton and soon equalised with a fantastic open play goal from the Stourport ex international David Knott. The game was end to end with both sides making numerous unforced errors. Halftime came with the score at 1-1.
The 2nd half started with Stourport attacking and only a number of short corner saves from Jack Smith in goals kept Burton in the game. Finally the deadlock was broken from another Stourport short corner, the straight strike was deflected off the keeper leaving Kieran Whetton no chance on the line. Burtons heads did not drop and within a few minutes won a short corner at the other end, from this Ben Elson made no mistake with a powerful dragflick just inside the upright. As the game moved on it looked like a draw was likely but in the dying seconds a ball from defence found Burton 3 on 2 against the Stourport defence, styles found Jamie Boast with the first pass who in turn drew out the keeper for Ben Elson to calmly finish.
The final whistle went with Burton the victors 3-2.

 

Burton Mens 3s played top of league Harborne who early in the season had beaten them 10 0 but Burton did only have 9 players that day, Harborne must of thought it was going to be the same again after scoring what ended up being the winning goal after 5 minutes. Burton dug in with all 11 players doing there bit . Russell Jurgen Davenport was showing his inner Maddie Hinch and with James Crane George Scott Stephen Goodfellow and Owen Walters all putting in a strong performance . Burton did also countered really well thought Simon Saccaggi Ben Meir and Tom Gibbs and a different day and bit more luck in front of goal Burton may of come away with a shock win . Pete Gibbs Robert Pilgrim and Jacob Davies also all played there part . If the 3s can play anywhere near to this level again this season they will get some results that could move them up the League.

 

 

Burton 4s were too strong for Loughborough 6s winning 5 1. Half term lack of players saw the 5s default. While the 6s played Barton in an inter league game going down 2 1 with Jason King getting the goal. 

 

Burton Ladies 1s suffered their first defeat of the season against local rivals Derby but still sit safe at the top of the league. A very tactical Derby side started with a kicking back, overloading with 11 outfield players and making it difficult for Burton to execute theirr usual ‘quick start’. Instead it was Derby that took the lead 1-0 in the first half. After 10 minutes their keeper took her post but the damage had been done and Burton were on the back foot. After half time Burton picked up the pace and played some lovely, fast passing hockey. This portion of play ended in an equaliser from Abi Lester. A fast break from Derby resulted in a short corner that hit a Burton defender on the line and Erin Franklin lined up to defend a penalty flick. this was well executed by the Derby forward and took the score to 2-1. Still pushing and working hard, Burton won a short corner on the final whistle but failed to convert. A disappointing result but still in a strong position for the remainder of the season Man of the match to Megan Ridley for the second week running

 

 

 

 

 

Burton Ladies 1s ended on a high from the weekend, regaining their 8 point lead at the top of the table after beating 2nd place Ashbourne 2-1. Early in the first half, a misplaced pass left an Ashbourne forward with the ball in the D and a very well placed push into the bottom corner beat an outstretched Erin Franklin. The score remained at 1-0 for the half despite many opportunities on goal from Burton and failing to convert a number of short corners. They came out fast in the second half building play well. A goal finally came from Burton when a build up of 5 passes, starting from a 16 yard hit, found Nicola Taylor on the penalty spot for a clean finish. At 1-1 they continued to push for a second goal, gaining more short corners and finally converting one after a routine was broken down and a rebound of the keeper was picked up by Lucy Pendleton to push it home for Burton to take the lead! Man of the match went to Leigh Alexandra for her solid tackling and out-skilling most of their forwards,

 

 

 

Burton ladies 2's had the late game against Derby 3's. Burton were off to a quick start, converting passes into a goal within the first minute of the game. Derby soon settled into the game, having 10 minutes of attack, with burton making some crucial saves. Burton continued to make many attacks, but were unable to convert them into goals, so the first half finished 1-0.

 

In the second half Burton continued the flow from the first half, putting pressure on Derby. This was soon shown with a quick attack, which was converted into a second goal. Derby kept adding pressure but couldn't get a shot on goal. In the last few minutes of the game, Burton secured the win by scoring a third. Goals were scored by Shannon Dillon, Felicity Norcross and Hannah Tjon Soei Len. Man of the match this week was joint between Susie Spruce and Hattie Barnes for their effort throughout the game.

 

 

Burton Ladies 3s hosted staveley this morning with a 13 man strong squad. Staveley started quickly with Burton conceding 2 short corners within the first 5 minutes. The back line held on and fought hard but their first goal inevitably came with a quality stroke from the top of the D inside 15 minutes. Several more goals came before half time. Down to 12 burton they bucked up their ideas and we were able to make a few strong attacks but couldn’t get around the staveley keeper.
A few more staveley goals were netted, in between burton were given a few opportunities from short corners but were unable to convert. Going down to 11 due to injury burton soldiered on, with everyone sighing a sigh of relief at the final whistle. Final score 11-0.

 

Man of the Match went to Olivia Dale who had a good game at left back

 

 

Burton Ladies 4th team played on home soil, taking on Matlock 5ths, on a chilly Saturday morning. Matlock were quick to attack and first to get on the score sheet. Their lead was shortlived however as our on form Goal scorer Izzy Ridley notched one for Burton after a speedy counter attack from a smooth long range pass. Now 1-1, each side were settling into the game with both teams having a few chances and positive build up play. With the first half drawing to a close, Matlock managed a second goal, an aerial shot just passed our kicking back. Despite some better play in the second half Burton were unable to find an equaliser. Burton were pleased to hold off more attacking play from Matlock with Monica El-Khanagry and Zoe Ridley putting on good defensive play with some great saves on the goal line from kicking back . Special thanks to Matlock for kindly agreeing to play a kicking back so it was an equal playing field

 

 

Burton Ladies 1s were back into the swing of things after a cancelled game last week. They despatched Northampton Saints 2s 7-0 at the Ellis Astro. Not Burtons best team performance but enough to trouble the Northampton backline throughout the game, even when they sat extremely defensive for the duration of the 2nd half. Goals from Nicola Taylor  3, Lucy Pendleton   2, Elizabeth Snelling and Francesca Lord. Man of the match went to Megan Ridley for her constant running up and down the sideline at Right Back

It was a club derby as the Burton ladies 2's faced the Burton ladies 3s. The ladies 2s worked well together, pressuring the strong defence of the ladies 3s. After a lot of pressure the ladies 2s scored 2 goals before half time. In the second half, the ladies 2s put in the hard work, maintaining possession and creating opportunities on goal. The pressure paid off as the ladies 2s scored another 5 goals. The ladies 3s didn't stop the battle and began a comeback, scoring a goal from Katie Furzeman but the ladies 2s managed to keep control of the game. Final score was 7-1 with the 2nds goals from Jane Palmer 3, Rhian Warriner 2, Shannon Dillon and Hannah Tjon Soen Len. The 2nds Man of the match went to Alice Hickman for her efforts in defence.For the 3rds the Man of the Match was shared between Becca Farndell-Thorne and Micky Shaw a credit to all of ladies 3s though who put in a strong effort and played one of their best games this season despite the score line!

Burton Ladies 4th team took on 7th in the table Derby 4ths in a closely fought well contested match. Burton won 6 short corners and hit the post a number of times despite having only 9 players against Derby's roster of 13. Goalless at half time the team had some great opportunities thanks to good play by the team but unfortunately they could not find the back of the net. Tiring in the second half Burton worked hard to try and hold off Derby's energetic attack however the final score was a 3 0 defeat.

Burton Men’s 1s kept there good run going with a 6-1 win against finch field. Scorers were Mark Northcott x2, Mark Ashton-Blanksby, Jack West, Andrew Locker and Liam Goode. There improved form has seen them close up on the leaders and this week two of the three team above them lost. With their game in hand still to come the gap to the leaders could be down to 3 points. Burton have a better goal difference and all the top 3 to play so promotion is now in their hands. Next week will be key as they travel to 2nd placed Chesterfield who beat Burton earlier in the season 2 1.

Burton Mens 2nds made the long trek to Bridgnorth hoping for a good result. Burton started the game strongly and after 15 minutes found themselves a goal up after a good finish by Ben Elson on his return from injury. Bridgnorth showed they were used to the very sticky pitch and used the long aerial tactic, this resulted in 2 quick goals for them, Burton replied by adopting the same tactic and a long aerial ball from Tim Glover found Stanyon who’s pass found Elson who made no mistake and scored his 2nd. Just before half time another burton attack resulted in a poachers finish from Graeme Hamblen. Half time score 3 2 to Burton. The second half was tight with both sides attacking and defending well with a number of good saves by Jack Smith maintaining the slender Burton lead. With 2 minutes left to play the 2nd team jinx seemed to strike again.. A cross into the Burton D hit a Bridgnorths forwards foot but with no whislte, the player then shot against the upright only for the rebound to bounce out and hit Miles Smurthwaite on the thigh and rebound into the Burton goal. So the final whistle went with a 3-3 draw. Man of the match went to Ben Elson.

Burton 3rds went down 3 0 to Sutton Coldfield. Burton took the short trip to Sutton Coldfield knowing that a win could move them to mid table, Sutton Coldfield scored a early goal when the forward forced the ball home. Sutton Coldfield probably had 80 % of the play but some good saves by Russell Jurgen Davenport and strong defending by, James Crane James Robins and George Scott helped to keep the score respectable but they could do nothing about the 2 late goals scored by Sutton Coldfield who deserved there victory.

Burton Mens 4s and 5s both went down by 3 goal margins to Northampton Saints 5s and Leicester 4s.

Burton 6s went down 8 0 to Beeston, one positive was the return from injury of Zorro of the flashing blade, less better known as Ian Harrison, who is once again the current oldest active male player.

The Burton mixed team came back fighting after going 1-0 down against Stone coming back to get a 6-1 win. 2 Goals each for Jamie Cooper, Jamie Jenkins and Mark Northcott.