Published: 12/02/2013 17:09

Burton pay penalty in last 16 of EH Trophy

Written byHOCKEY REPORTER

BURTON suffered penalty flick heart-ache in the EH Trophy on Sunday.

Normal time failed to separate the two sides in their last 16 encounter after the Reds & Greens had come from behind no fewer than four times to force a 4-4 draw.

Burton then dominated extra time but failed to grab the golden goal that would decide the tie.

And South Cheshire took full advantage to seal victory on penalty flicks to book their spot in the quarter-finals.

The game started well for Burton, who commanded possession without findsing the back of the net.

South Cheshire then scored against the run of play to take a surprise lead.

Burton equalised through a Mark Northcott penalty corner. But South Cheshire responded by netting a second.

At that stage the Reds & Greens realised that South Cheshire had one route of attack – big aerial balls from defence to their attacking players who would then attempt to dribble through.

With a firm half court press in place Burton were then able to prevent further attacks and left South Cheshire wondering what to do next.

Burton then equalised after a Northcott reverse stick cross was deflected into his own goal by a South Cheshire defender.

But once again South Cheshire went ahead again after an attack broke down – and a lofted ball again reaped dividenss for 3-2.

At half-time the message was clear, sit in and let South Cheshire run out of ideas and counter-attack at pace.

Almost immediately a Northcott drag flick was dispatched into the top corner for 3-3 but yet again parity failed to last long.

South Cheshire went ahead after a terrible mistake from Martin Jarvis presented an empty net to the opposition.

The remainder of the match was all Burton, with South Cheshire tiring and completely running out of ideas.

The opposition surrendered the ball back to the Reds & Greens time and time again.

Eventually the pressure told as Burton netted their fourth equaliser with the goal of the game. Ed Clamp pounced at a short corner to make it 4-4.

Extra-time followed with the Reds & Greens looking the more likely winner of the two teams.

South Cheshire continually surrendered the ball back to Burton, who attacked again and again and created chances aplenty.

The best of the bunch fell to Ash Wheldon after a Burton move of around 20 passes completely split South Cheshire open.

An open goal presentred itself to Wheldon but he failed to hit the target as extra-time finished with neither team able to grab the golden goal required to win the tie.

Penalty flicks followed. Burton’s Richard Stringer and Dan Hibbert bravely stepped up but each missed from their shots on goal.

South Cheshire piled further pressure on by putting their chances away – giving Jarvis no chance.

Northcott stepped up third for Burton and slotted home to keep his side in the tie.

But when Jarvis could do nothing with South Cheshire’s fourth successful flick this year’s cup run was over for the Reds & Greens.

Burton retunr back to the normality of the league this weekend with a trip to North Stafford on Saturday.

The Reds & Greens are rewarded with a well-deserved rest on Sunday after Streetly had to rearrange the planned game due to cup commitments.

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