HOCKEY: Rugby & East Warwickshire

Men's 1st team v Sutton Coldfield
Men's 1st team v Sutton Coldfield
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Men’s 1sts report and Saturday’s fixtures

Rugby & East Warwickshire Hockey Club Men’s 1st XI 1

Sutton Coldfield 4

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Rugby have lost momentum in their chase for third place.

After winning the last encounter 10-5 Rugby went into the game with a slight arrogance that it would be won with their dominance.

However, Sutton started brightly, managing to play the ball into attacking positions and Rugby were sloppy in passing forward successfully. Sutton led at half time 2-0 when twice an attacker wasn’t picked up in the D and it was easily converted.

Rugby came back with purpose. A change at centre half got the ball flowing better through midfield and within five minutes Szymon Osycyjck scored a real team goal with four superb passes in and around the D. This catalyst led to a great deal of pressure but no backbone. Ten penalty corners and two 1 v 1s with the keeper meant it was a tough one to watch for our spectators. Sutton got the third and fourth with ten minutes to play that sealed the win.

It felt like a one-off for Rugby, something didn’t click which we all hope will against Lichfield this week.

Fixtures for Saturday 15th

M1 v Lichfield - away

M2 v West Bridgford – 1300 – Hart Field

M3 v Sutton Coldfield - away

M4 v Northampton Saints – 1200 – Rugby School

M5 v Northampton Saints – 1130 – Rugby School

M6 v Lichfield – 1530 – Hart Field

M7 v Warwick Uni - away

L1 v Leamington - away

L2 v Stratford – Bilton High

L3 v Old Sils – away

Badgers 1 v Old Sils – away

Badgers 2 v Market Harborough – 1000 – Bilton High