Burton 1sts 2 v 2 Adders Mens 1sts

Scorers:  J.Wagg. J.Bullmore
The Adders final pre-season friendly was away against a Burton side who play two divisions higher than the Adders. Coach, Martin Webb, is recovering from injury and so watched from the sideline as the much changed team faced a tough challenge. The side welcomed newly transferred, Alex 
Kotlarzewski from National League side Harborne to the team and the new look forward line also included Cameron Hobbs who was, once again, available following the completion of the cricket season. Keelan Ford was also back in the side following his two week COVID-19 quarantine period. 

Burton fancied their chances in their final warm-up game but it was the Atherstone side who showed the early form. Good possession by the Adders was only let down by lack of care with the final pass as they pressed hard for the opening goal. The team as a whole surprised Burton with their organisation and hard work throughout the side. The Atherstone forwards were working hard both in attack and defence and combining well with the flair and industry of the midfield four of Simon Thompson, Ben Matthews, Robert Currie and Keelan Ford. At the back, skipper, Lloyd Crowley and Arran Hall marked tightly and started most of the Adders attacks often releasing Jack Bullmore and Jake Hobbs down the flanks.
Slowly Burton eased into the game and it was the home side who took the lead after 20 minutes when the centre forward found some space in the D and squeezed the ball past the unfortunate Will Murphy in goals.
Despite being behind the Adders were still very much in the game and equalised early in the second half from a great Josh Wagg penalty corner flick. The Adders were then in the ascendency and could have taken the lead on several occasions as chances went begging. However, it was the home side who regained the lead when the ball was lost in a midfield turn over and Burton overloaded the Adders defence and scored well worked tap-in goal.
The Adders had the last word though, when Jack Bullmore equalised from another well worked short corner routine.
With the pre-season friendlies out of the way, the Adders will be pleased with the outcome  - No defeats and the EH Knockout Cup in the Trophy Cabinet! Now they are looking forward to starting the new League season in a new league against new opposition. - Bring it on!