HOCKEY: Men’s 1st XI back on track with emphatic win

REWHC 2nd XI  in their 5-1 won over Saints
REWHC 2nd XI in their 5-1 won over Saints

Rugby & East Warwickshire round-up

North Stafford 1

REWHC Men’s 1st XI 5

Rugby got back on track with an emphatic away win.

The longest trip of the season to Newcastle under Lyme came with better preparation and a well-structured team talk got Rugby off to a good start. Absorbing pressure well, Rugby broke countless times on the counter but only led 2-1 at half time through two converted penalty corners from Szymon Oszyjczyk.

In the second half North Staffs continued with high pressure hockey but Rugby set the example with strong tackling outside the D. The game was made comfortable with Szymon and Henry Sewell combining with an aerial over the defence which Henry superbly shot past the goalkeeper. Rugby also scored probably their best team goal with two transfers around the back four, then hit high direct into their 25m, leaving Szymon with a cool conversion at the back post.

Let’s hope Rugby can get a result at home to Saints next weekend and who knows, with the top five all to play each other, our aims can still be achieved.

REWHC Men’s 2nd XI 5

Northampton Saints 1

Rugby 2nds won 5-1 after a poor first half . They turned on the style in the second half with some great goals and a good team performance.

Boots 2

REWHC Men’s 3rd XI 4

After some tough fixtures in recent weeks, against the top three teams in the league, Rugby finally got the second half of their season underway. Gaz Unett gave Rugby the lead in the first half following a mistake from the Boots keeper.

In the second half Harry Brignall and Kristian Browne also found the net, but Rugby allowed Boots back in to the game. Strong defence from McGhee, Murphy, C Nicholson and Morrison, kept Boots at Bay, allowing Browne to get his second to put the game out of reach and secure the win for Rugby. P Nicholson provided a determined performance in midfield earning him MoM.

REWHC Men’s 4th XI 5

Burton 0

Following last week’s disappointing result after conceding a goal in the final minutes, Rugby came out with all guns blazing. And another debutant, young Tom Webb produced a commanding display in goal, keeping the effervescent Pete Willis in check.

Rugby took an early lead, Simon Allan quickest to react on the follow up from a short corner. Within minutes Rugby had doubled their lead when Dave Reynard, fed the ball to the maestro Dave Manning to flick home. With Rugby’s defence having very little to do, Simon Allan soon scored his second.

Rugby were buoyant going into the second half and had to sustain a period of pressure from Burton. Rugby achieved a fourth goal after the ever- present Dave Reynard bamboozled the Burton defence and Mark Huskinson tapped in.

‘Manno’ the match Manning made it 5-0 with his second goal, a pile driver from a well worked short corner. Roll on next week’s game at Beeston.

Beeston 2

REWHC Men’s 5th XI 0

The game began with some excellent passing at the back, allowing Rugby to keep a clean sheet until Blue arrived.

Despite some good attacks, Rugby failed to capitalise, despite excellent play from the pace-machine of Ryan Hibberd. Beeston were quick on the counter but this was dealt with well, with some good leadership at the back from Craig and Warwick. With Rugby’s combined age of 491, Beeston’s attacks started to show, despite strong play in the middle from Keith Slaughter and Chris Dickinson. Some quick passing in the D, led to Rugby conceding just before half time.

Rugby came out fighting, with some good runs from Ryan, Chris and Stuart, but unfortunately conceded a second goal. The 5ths continued to have a promising style of play. Spells of strong play can ensure they remain positive over the next few weeks, capitalise and avoid the drop. Mom: Andy DoD: Rob.

REWHC Men’s 6th XI 2

Loughborough Town 0

The 6ths played some great hockey to beat a useful Loughborough Town side 2-0 - and are the first side to keep a clean sheet against them all season too! Goals from Avanish and Max, MOM Ben Cooper, DOD Max.

Leamington 5

REWHC Men’s 7th XI 3

The 7th XI went down 5-3 at Leamington with goals from J Templar, Chris Hodge and Josh Dixon. Surprisingly the combined age of the 7ths was only 518!

REWHC Badgers 1

Long Buckby 3

A surprising scoreline as Rugby dominated the whole game. But brought about complacency and poor decision making and execution of basic skills, resulting in far too many unforced errors that allowed the Buckby forwards to break and score on three very quick occasions.

Jacob did pull one back before half time with some persistent work in the D to find his way past the in-form Buckby keeper. After a few words at half time Rugby stepped up the pace moved the ball far quicker and started to open up space and different channels to attack through.

Despite this though further goals proved elusive despite good work from Euan, Mattie, Emma and Ethan.

Despite the score line though the team should be proud of their performance and especially the way they worked in the second half, but it was a good lesson for all to learn how basic mistakes can so easily be punished.

Fixtures for Saturday:

M1 v Northampton Saints – 1400 – Hart Field

M2 v Beeston - away

M3 v Northampton Saints – 1200 – Rugby School

M4 v Beeston - away

M5 v Belper – 1200 – Rugby School

M6 v Nuneaton - away

M7 v Khalsa – 1530 – Hart Field

L1 – no league fixture

L2 v Cov & NW – 1230 – Bilton High

L3 – no league fixture

Badgers B v Atherstone – 1000 – Hart Field

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