HOCKEY PICTURES: Slideshow from 2nds game and the weekend round-up

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PICTURES BY MIKE BAKER

Rugby & East Warwickshire Men's 2nds on their way to a 3-3 draw with Leek    Pictures by Mike Baker

Rugby & East Warwickshire Men's 2nds on their way to a 3-3 draw with Leek Pictures by Mike Baker

Notts Uni 6

REWHC Men’s 1st XI 2

The 1st XI concluded the first half of the season with a disappointing loss to the students. It was 1-1 at half time, and early in the second half they were able to take the lead. Unfortunately the students broke back and took a number of chances for which Rugby had no further reply.

Rugby’s goals came from Szymon Oszyjczyk and Lukas Lakin. At the Christmas break Rugby finish second from bottom but will be hoping to return to the form of previous seasons when they return to league action on January 16.

REWHC Men’s 2nd XI drew 3-3 with Leek at Hart Field.

REWHC Men’s 3rd XI 2

Notts Uni 2

The 3s took on fourth placed Notts Uni in a game they wouldn’t have expected to get a result come the start of the season. The students enjoyed the majority of first-half possession and were soon 2–0 up. Rugby managed a couple of counter attacks, Colin Odwell coming closest.

In the second half Rugby showed real character. The ever-improving Tom Carter and Tom Brindley looked strong in the middle and Rugby got their first from Browne’s short corner drag flick.

Rugby’s work rate in the midfield of Brignal, PJ and Foster was matched by fine performances from MOM Costa in goal and Christian Nicholson, who had his best game of the season, along with Ryan Hibberd stepping in to defence.

Towards the end Rugby pressed well and the loose ball fell to Nick Foster in the D who fired home. Rugby could have found a winner, Gaz Unett just shooting wide, but there were also some tense moments at the end as Rugby defended a couple of shorts. Another important point against one of the top four teams in the league.

Beeston 3

REWHC Men’s 4th XI 1

Beeston took an early 1-0 lead with a hard cross deflected under the foot of Sam Fletch. Rugby played good hockey creating chances but Beeston went 2-0 up with a hard-hit shot from the top D.

On Rugby’s attack a cross from Matty Rush hit a defender’s foot and went bouncing around in the D, with an upright reverse from Calum finding the back of the net. Ten minutes from the break Beeston made it 3-1.

The second half was relatively less eventful, again with good attacks from both sides and strong play from Stu and Dale in the middle.

The first short corners came around the 60-minute mark with Beeston’s coming to nothing and Rugby’s single corner being defended by the keeper. Man of the match went to Stuart Morgan.

Beeston 5

REWHC Men’s 5th XI 1

Rugby competed well in the first-half, taking the lead with a well-worked move around the back and a perfect ball across the face of the goal for Dave to slot in at the back post.

Beeston equalised in almost the last play of the half.

As Rugby’s 11 players tired under the constant barrage of attacks from four or five Beeston midfielders at a time, they took control of the game in the second-half.

MOM Blue in goal saved at least three or four times as many shots as those conceded.

REWHC Men’s 6th XI 3

Leicester 3

A great start with Xander creating an early goal for DT to slot in, and for the remainder of the half Rugby looked the better side adding a second through Chris Hodge.

The visitors came back hard in the second half and scored early on, but a second goal from Hodge should have put the game to bed.

Unfortunately Rugby gave the ball away too often with some weak passing and despite more great keeping from Connor and goal line stops from Isaac and Gareth, Leicester managed to secure the draw.

Man of the match was the tireless and impressive Hewitt.

West Bridgford beat the Men’s 7th XI 1-0.

Hampton 1

REWHC Ladies 1st XI 1

The 1sts unfortunately didn’t manage to extend their string of wins to nine matches, but came away with a draw to Hampton Ladies.

A tough match to refocus their energies on promotion. Well done to all in a tough battle.

REWHC Ladies 3rd XI 1

Old Sils 0

Rugby took away the three points following a great goal from Julia Bower.

Man of the match went to Evie Atkins and Team Tiara to Myah Turton.

REWHC U14 boys 2

Sutton Coldfield 0

Goals by Paddy and Beno in the last ten minutes of the game made it a bit tense, but Rugby came good in the end. Well done boys.

Fixtures for Saturday 28th:

M1 – no league fixture

M2 v Notts Uni - away

M3 v Loughborough Students - away

M4 v Notts Uni – 1145 - Bilton Grange

M5 v Leek – 1200 – Rugby School

M6 – no league fixture

M7 v Coalville – 1530 – Hart Field

L1 v Sutton Coldfield – 1230 – Bilton High

L2 v Warwick – 1430 – Bilton High

L3 v Berkswell - away

Badgers A v Wellingborough – 1000 – Bilton High

Badgers B v Warwick - away