HOCKEY: Rugby & East Warwickshire

Rugby & East Warwickshire Men's 2nd XI v Birmingham University last Saturday (Pictures by Mike Baker)
Rugby & East Warwickshire Men's 2nd XI v Birmingham University last Saturday (Pictures by Mike Baker)

Five more goals bring Syzmon’s total to 18 for the season so far

Barton 2

Action from Hartfield, Lower Hillmorton Road. Rugby & East Warwickshire Men's v Birmingham University NNL-141026-175642009

Action from Hartfield, Lower Hillmorton Road. Rugby & East Warwickshire Men's v Birmingham University NNL-141026-175642009

Rugby & East Warwickshire Hockey Club Men’s 1st XI 6

Rugby got back to winning ways with a comfortable win away to bottom team Barton.

Szymon Oszyjczyk took his tally to 18 for the season with five goals and Chris Graham managed to scramble one in himself.

The win puts Rugby in fourth in the league and they will be hoping Oszyjczyk’s form will continue so they can move up those few more places.

NOW: Pensions cup

REWHC Men’s 1st XI 2

City of Peterborough 2 (Peterborough win 4-3 on penalty strokes)

Rugby were unlucky not to make it through to the last 16 of the cup, losing out on flicks to City of Peterborough.

Two evenly matched sides had plenty of short corner opportunities to win the game, but some outstanding goalkeeping from Rugby’s Chris Thomas and Peterborough’s exceptional 16-year-old keeper took the match to a shoot- out.

Goals came from Chris Graham and Jack Adelston. Thanks to all who came to support.

REWHC Men’s 2nd XI 0

Birmingham Uni 3

This was always going to be a tough match but Rugby gave the students a game and the final score doesn’t reflect how close the match was.

Dave Odwell and Gaz Unett came closest to scoring and some fine defending from Rob Best and Russ Watling kept Rugby in the game throughout.

With three of the toughest fixtures out of the way Rugby will now be looking to start their season in next week’s vital clash against Saints.

Birmingham Uni 7

REWHC Men’s 3rd XI 0

Rugby will be happy to get this away fixture out of the way and concentrate on the games they can win.

The pace and ability of the students was too much for Rugby, and although they made them work hard for their seven, Rugby were unable to find a response.

REWHC Men’s 4th XI 6

Boots 1

The 4ths came flying out of the starting blocks putting early pressure on the Boots defence. Patient build-up play was rewarded with a short corner, converted with an accurate strike by Tom Brindley.

Further goals from Cook, Mackay and Huskinson from an inch out gave Rugby a deserved 4-0 lead at half time.

The second half started in the same fashion as the first with Cook scoring from another short corner. Playing adventurously had consequences though as a counter attack goal gave Boots some hope.

Any thoughts of a comeback were cut short though, with Nick Thatcher converting after neat passing play to finish the game at 6-1. A special mention goes to Adam Hill who stepped up to make a solid debut in men’s hockey.

This makes it seven points from three games for the 4ths who hope to continue their good start next week away to Burton. MoM: Richard Cook, DoD: Rob Betts.

West Bridgford 2

REWHC Men’s 5th XI 3

A fantastic comeback from 1-0 down at half time to give Rugby the points. West Bridgford is always a hard place to go and Rugby will be delighted with the goals from Luke (2) and Alfie.

REWHC Men’s 6th XI 2

Northampton Saints 2

In the first half Rugby dominated possession and were 2-0 up by half time. A cross from Ryan Hibberd to Matt Rush on the back post put Rugby in the lead.

Rush then got his second after Tom Carter’s pass from the baseline. Saints regrouped at half time and were soon back in the game. Rugby continued to press for the important third goal but with ten minutes left Saints managed to meg Fusedale in goal.

Rugby had several chances to win it but could not find the finish required. Well played everyone.

Fixtures for Saturday (November 1)

M1 v North Staffs 2pm Hart Field

M2 v Northampton Saints - away

M3 v Boots 1200 Rugby School

M4 v Burton - away

M5 v Beeston 1200 Rugby School

M6 v Loughborough Town - away

M7 v Leamington 3.30pm Hart Field

L1 v Hampton 1200 Bilton High

L2 v Nuneaton 2pm Bilton High

L3 v Berks & BC away

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