Last games before the festive break
REWHC Men’s 1st XI - no fixture this week
Beeston HC 6
REWHC Men’s 2nd XI 2
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REWHC Men’s 3rd XI 2
Beeston HC 1
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Rugby, having had a tough 1st half of the season, were desperate to go in to the Christmas break on a high. For large parts of the match Rugby were the better team and were able to rediscover their confidence. Great work from Foster, Umbers, Nicholson and Robinson, meant Rugby won the midfield battle. Rob best scored Rugby’s first and Foster got the second following a bulldozing run by McGhee down the right wing. It was tight towards the end but Rugby’s defence dug deep and they managed to hold on to the win. Rugby have to build on this performance to stand any chance of avoiding finishing in the bottom 4.
REWHC Men’s 4th XI 1
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It was disappointing to finish the first half of the season with a heavy loss on Saturday but with two late dropouts (the final one an hour before we were due to meet) meant we travelled with 11 and one of those was injured and shouldn’t have played! 4 down at half time the team responded to the captain’s rallying call and would have won the second half had they not conceded from a penalty corner at the death. A good effort,, eventually.
Burton HC 5
REWHC Men’s 5th XI 0
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REWHC 6th XI 1
Leicester Westleigh 4th XI 0
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Rugby started well and Jammy put the ball on a foot to earn a penalty corner, put narrowly wide. Leicester responded some fast breaks, but Simon Allan made the crucial tackles and created a platform from which Rugby could build another attack. Westleigh were denied by a great double save from Jack Silvester in goal, before Tom Mourant used a couple of fast bounce-passes to make his way into the D, his shot taking a deflection into goal.
Westleigh came back strongly after half time, but the back four of Avanish Mistry, Tom Mourant, Simon Allan and Mike Mourant soaked up the pressure. Man of the match Andy Walker then took charge of the midfield, often stealing the ball from the oppositions captain and playmaker and distributing cleverly through Adrian Duffin, David Thompson and Charlie Mourant to create chances for the hard-working Luke Armstrong and Max S, who were both unlucky not to score.
REWHC Men’s 7th XI 1
Loughborough Town 3
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Following a narrow 1-2 defeat away to fellow league strugglers Melton Mowbray last week Rugby let another 3 points slip through their fingers this week losing 1-3 at home to Loughborough Town.
Rugby competed well in the first half with several open play and short corner chances missed and slightly against the run of play allowed Loughborough a goal just before half-time.
With everything still to play for Rugby dominated the first period of the second half equalising with a slick three-pass Plevin to Slaughter to Nicholson combo finding the back of the net. In an effort to push high and win the match Rugby left themselves exposed at the back and with only ten minutes to go Loughborough Town took their opportunities well to sneak away two late runaway goals sealing their victory.
REWHC Ladies 2nd XI 1
Nuneaton HC 1
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Rugby started under pressure from a strong Nuneaton squad, but quickly got stuck into the game which was even throughout most of the half. Unfortunately for Rugby, Nuneaton were able to get a goal from a short corner, making Rugby trail 1-0 at the break.
After a talk from the Captain and Coach at half time Rugby were on the ball when the whistle was blown to start the half. With good passes being fed in by the midfield and defence, the forwards were able to get some shots on goal. From a well worked playing routine Louise was able to score a fantastic goal early on into the second half. Rugby battled on throughout the game with the whole team playing well and keeping the Nuneaton squad from scoring. The team played fantastic with man of the match going to goal scorer Louise and Barbie going to Claire.
REWHC Badgers 2
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Rugby started looking confident on the ball, though Wellingbrough were much bigger and older with one or two very good players. Joe scored Rugby’s first goal finishing well after a good through ball. Rugby should have scored more were it not good goal keeping. However, Rich Allen consistently saved them at the back as Rugby’s players were guilty of not running back to defend.
In the second half Rugby held their shape much more and good passing set up Joe’s second goal of the match. After this Rugby dominated the ball with only a few breaks. However, they had one skillful player who created a chance on goal which Lara could do nothing about. At 2-1 with five minutes to play Rugby held on to the ball with Richard Nicholson controlling the middle. Rugby did very well with a young side and Marcus Nicholson made his first appearance for the Badgers.