HOCKEY: Reports from Rugby & East Warwickshire

Rugby & East Warwickshire 3rds v Loughborough Town
Rugby & East Warwickshire 3rds v Loughborough Town

Victory for the 5ths over Melton

ENER-G Hockey league Midlands Premier

REWHC 4th XI 1

Leek HC 4th XI 2

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Rugby let their standards slip in this game and paid the price against a team just outside the relegation zone. The first 5 minutes were played deep in the Leek half without really threatening but in Leek’s first journey upfield they scored. From then on it was frantic hockey from both sides which suited Leek better. Jim Dickinson did equalise before half time following a rare composed passing movement.

The second half followed the same frenetic pattern but Rugby were creating the clearer chances without converting them. With about 10 minutes to go a break from deep in their own half and a good finish, which left an advancing Alex Rooney, in goal, with no chance. Rugby had chances to salvage something from the game but failed and unfortunately got what they deserved, nothing

ENER-G Hockey league Midlands Premier

REWHC 4th XI 1

Cannock HC 4th XI 2

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A much changed Rugby side travelled to Cannock more in hope than expectation, with 5 of Saturday’s side unavailable. From the start Rugby passed the ball with purpose and defended resolutely. Cannock opened the scoring with a penalty corner strike that squeezed inside Rob Marshall-Lee’s right post. Rugby should have had a penalty stroke when a seated played handled the ball to prevent Phil Dickinson scoring but, somehow, the umpire awarded a penalty corner, which surprised Cannock too! Just before half time Cannock capitalised on another ‘soft’ penalty corner for 2 - 0. Rugby dominated the second half, Jim Dickinson a revelation at the top of the diamond ably supported by his Dad, Chris, and Richard Cook but the goal of the game, the season and the best I’ve seen in many a year was scored by Alex Salter. A ball was deflected up from a Cannock player and landed at Alex’s feet, the umpire called play-on so he took one step into the right of the circle and launched a rocket into the top left corner of the goal, superb!

Despite Rugby’s best efforts an equaliser eluded them and Cannock were very happy to escape with all 3 points.

ENER-G Hockey league South East 1

REWHC 5th XI 2

Melton HC 4th XI 1

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Rugby and East Warwickshire started the game brightly with a number of chances. They tried to play quick fluid hockey and the breakthrough finally came from Stuart Chaplin who picked up a rebound off of the keeper to slot into an empty goal. Rugby had a lapse in concentration not long after though and a Melton forward latched on to a clearance the other end to level at 1-1 at half time.

In the second half Rugby tried to create chances with James Harrison and Harry Robinson both looking threatening. The 2nd goal came when Chaplin picked up a ball on the right and drew the keeper for Welch to finish cooly.

A good promising performance from Harry Robinson and Phillip Dickinson helped secure the 3 points.

ENER-G Hockey league South East 1

REWHC 6th XI 1

Sutton Coldfield HC 6th XI 2

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Rugby travelled to Sutton Coldfield on a crisp cold winter day and started brightly with good link play from Baxter, Pelvin and Hopkins producing a number of incisive challenges that sliced through the home team’s defence but could not be converted. Sutton began to raise their game and were rewarded after 25 minutes when they opened the scoring from the first short corner of the game. Rugby responded with further penetrating crosses but were unable to convert before the half time whistle blew.

Half time team talks inspired both sides who came out in attacking mood. Brindley in the Rugby goal was called on to make a number of crucial saves to prevent Sutton from doubling their lead but neither he nor the back four of Betts, James, Martin and Pelvin could do anything to stop Sutton’s second short corner goal.

The score line did not reflect Rugby’s performance and within ten minutes of conceding Rugby were brought back into contentious when a cross pitch rocket from Hopkins met Snook’s stick and was directed into the goal. Sensing that there was still time to get something from the game Rugby pushed and almost got the equaliser when a well read interception by Hopkins left him one-on-one with the on rushing Sutton keeper who preserved the win for the home side.

ENER-G Hockey league South West 1

REWHC 7th XI 2

Stourport HC 6th XI 4

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A much changed 7th team travelled to Stourport expecting a tough game and certainly got one. Whilst man for man Stourport were the older team any lack of pace was more than compensated for by their accurate passing and ability to keep possession.

It became apparent early on that the umpires were not going to give Rugby any marginal decisions and Rugby were soon behind. After 20 minutes Rugby conceded a second when debutant Chris Smith guided a well struck shot past his own keeper. As usual though Rugby did not give up and struck back through Tom Brindley to make it 2-1 at half time and everything to play for.

Rugby started the second half strongly and were awarded a short corner which Ed Pell despatched with aplomb but this sounded a wake up call to Stourport who then started to control the game with long periods of possession patiently waiting for Rugby to make mistakes.

Stourport regained the lead with about 20 minutes remaining when Jon Bass was muscled off the ball by the Stourport centre forward who calmly put the ball away. They scored again from a dubious short corner to seal victory and whilst Rugby kept going to the end they lacked penetration in the final third and conceded possession far too easily against well drilled opponents.

Warwickshire Womens Hockey League Division 4

REWHC Ladies 3rd XI 1

Leamington HC Ladies 4th XI 2

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Rugby started strongly dominating the first 10 minutes. Nadine Bell narrowly missing a short corner rebound. The strong midfield from ellen omahoney and rachel madigan, kept the play in our attacking half. Unfortunatley a lucky break for leamington created them a goal that deflected from our defenders stick. A cracking goal from nadine bell by a well worked short corner earned her player of the match. Rugby continied to work hard but despite solid defending from Gemma Scales, Elaine Duffin and Leanne Humphries Leamington scored another goal making the final score 2-1.

The other team reports for men, women and badgers are in this week’s Advertiser (February 2 edition)