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All this week’s games and Saturday’s fixture list

Barford Tigers 2 v 1 REWHC Men’s 1st XI

Sponsored by Webb Ellis

A tough loss to take in a feisty, hard fought match.

You can be quite pre-emptive with Barford; games seem to played with more aggression and niggling 1v1 battles across the pitch. Rugby made a fantastic start with the ball being worked well down the right and Chris Graham slotting home from a tight angle. However, Barford started to find gaps through the midfield and the pressure continued. The equaliser came 20 minutes in from a missed penalty corner the ball was never cleared and the follow up was smashed in. John Naylor the most unfortunate on the day as he made a committed jab tackle and the Barford player swung though the missed ball into his knee. Thankfully no break from an x-ray but the wound was enough to see the impact.

All was to play for in the second half and Rugby never really woke up. Barford scored early when rugby losing possession in midfield never recovered the ball. The game stayed even for a good period of time, Rugby started to create chances but missing penalty corners and two clear open goals we only have ourselves to blame for not walking away with anything. Two more yellows were awarded for not retreating 5metres and at this rate Rugby are looking at disciplinary action if we don’t stop the petulance.

Mens 1st XI Midlands Premier League

Played Won Drew Lost Points

Bournville 5 4 1 0 13

Lichfield 5 4 1 0 13

REWHC 5 4 0 1 12

Barford Tigers 5 3 1 1 10

Notts Uni 5 2 2 1 8

North Staffs 5 2 1 2 7

Sutton Coldfield 5 1 3 1 6

Saints 5 2 0 3 6

Harborne 5 1 2 2 5

Telford 5 1 0 4 3

Edgbaston 5 0 1 4 1

Cov & NW 5 0 0 5 0

REWHC Men’s 2nd XI 5 v 1 Barford Tigers

Sponsored by FEVER

Rugby ran away with an impressive victory against one of their major rivals in the fight to stay in the Midlands Premier League. After their opening heavy defeats against two of the top teams in the league it was vital for morale that they took the 3 points and they made a fast start, looking much quicker and sharper than their opponents.

It took 15 minutes to open the scoring though. Colin Odwell finishing off a good run and cross from Alex Watkins. Only 2 minutes later, a great team move ended with Andy Sellers unselfishly passing to an unmarked Henry Sewell for a tap in. Rugby then had several glorious chances to extend their lead. Paul Ryan hitting the post, and Leigh Spacey and David Odwell both missed from close range. Rugby were to pay for their profligacy on the stroke of half time, when a hopeful long range pass was miscontrolled by the Barford Tigers centre forward but the deflection ended up in the net.

Rugby were rattled at the start of the second half and continually gave the ball away but Barford were not good enough to capitalise. Rugby fortunately regained their composure and thanks largely to their fitness training steamrollered their opposition in the last 15 minutes.

A superbly taken goal by the impressive newcomer Henry Sewell crucially restored Rugby’s 2 goal lead and then chance after chance was spurned, most notably by Liam Brown when he ran from his own half beating 4 men and then rounding the keeper only to shoot horribly wide with an open goal in front of him. Fortunately he was able to redeem himself with a well taken reverse stick finish to complete a 5-1 victory in the final seconds shortly after Lee Marriott had deflected in Rugby’s fourth.

Barford Tigers 3 v 1 REWHC Men’s 3rd XI

Sponsored by Cottons Chartered Accountants

REWHC Men’s 4th XI 2 v 1 Worcester HC

Sponsored by Bowie Lockwood

The 4s got their first points of the season with a win against Worcester 4s. Both goals for Ben Oliver.

Loughborough Uni 12 v 0 REWHC Men’s 5th XI

Sponsored by Vicarage Farm

Rugby and East Warwickshire got off to a great start and threatened the Loughborough defence early on when some nice passing led to a goal line clearance. That was as close as they got though and Loughborough took a 6-0 lead into half time. Rugby continued to play well though and never bowed their heads as Neil our debut Goalkeeper made some great saves to keep the score respectable and earn Man of the Match. Loughborough ran out 12-0 winners which was a respectable score given their previous weeks 18-0 victory over Burton.

REWHC Men’s 6th XI 2 v 3 Leicester

Sponsored by FRED ltd

6s played well but were undone early in the game after conceding three goals in quick succession. An excellent comeback followed in the second half, where Rugby were able to dominate the play. Rugby’s goals came from Jonny Bowering and James Harrison.

REWHC Men’s 7th XI 2 v 8 Lichfield HC

Sponsored by Brethertons

This was a disappointing result for the 7ths away from home to a good, but physical, Lichfield 4ths. After having a goal disallowed early in the game, Lichfield raced into a 3-0 lead. Rugby created several chances at the opposition end and John Phillipson thumped in a blistering half volley giving Rugby renewed hope, but two injuries in quick succession caused upset to the Rugby formation. A strong spell from the Rugby defence ensured Rugby were only 3-1 down at halftime and still in the game. However, Lichfield came out strong in the second-half and put another 2 early goals passed Rugby. After quickly reacting to a loose ball in the D, Daniel Heathcote scored to cut Lichfield’s lead to just 3. Unfortunately Rugby could not capitalise on this break-through, and Lichfield’s stamina showed as they punished a tiring Rugby to score 3 more goals before the close of play.

Stratford HC 4 v 2 REWHC Ladies 1st XI

Sponsored by The National Motorcycle Museum, Windmill Village and The Manor Hotel

Shipston 3 v 0 REWHC Ladies 2nd XI

Sponsored by Johns Gilbert and Frankton

REWHC Ladies 3rd XI 4 v 0 Sutton Coldfield

Sponsored by Crane Electronics

The game started well with Rugby having most of the game but unable to make the final pass tell or the shots on goal where either wide or straight at the keeper. Sutton’s young keeper getting behind most shots and making some good saves. Rugby started to make the ball do the work and openings appear. Rachel was having an amazing game down the right and eventually the final pass enable a goal for Louise Speake. In the 2nd half Rugby stepped up their game and great passes opened up the game. A great ball into the D by Elf allowed Julie Lines to ease the ball into the net. Rugby’s defence kept things tight and allowed the ball to move quickly to the halves and forwards great team work allowed Megan Reesby to find the net for the third. This enabled Rugby to play a passing game and the final goal by Julie was a great team effort. Well done to the whole squad for a brilliant performance. Player of the game was Rachel Madigan

REWHC Badgers A 5 v 2 Wellingborough

Sponsored by Sponsored by P.A.B Coventry Ltd, Astute Services Ltd

It was a good performance by a young side that hadn’t played much Badgers hockey. Rugby passed the ball around well and quickly. Our first goal was the result of a short corner and was scored by Marcus. Then the other team scored twice as Rugby didn’t pass very well in that ten minute spell. Ollie scored a goal from a rebound off a short corner. Just before half time Marcus did a great pass to Jamie who calmly slotted the ball passed the keeper to score. After half time Rugby scored a quick goal as a result of a great pass by Matt and a good finish by Ollie. Then Rugby scored our last goal from good play around the D with Joe scoring a well taken goal. One target to work on is the midfielders keeping their shape and staying behind the attackers as an option for a pass. Ollie Mourant was voted man of the match as he played very well and tackled really hard. In all it was a good win against a good opposition. Thanks to Richard, Julia and Pete for their coaching and encouragement.

Welford 0 v 2 REWHC Badgers B

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Welford pressured the Rugby defence from the start but were unable to capitalise. With Rugby looking to gain some momentum, Welford seemed persistent in their attack, but goalkeeper Tom Webb made some crucial saves. The Rugby defence made an impact in the game, with Ben Cooper linking well with Richard Allen and Josh Dixon. Once Rugby had settled they started to play some solid team hockey, passing the ball around the pitch and working well as a team. Midfielders Adam Hewitt and Ryan Hibberd pressed the Welford defence with some excellent individual runs. Rugby were rewarded for their team efforts with a well-made goal, with Tom Robson and Ben Cooper linking well with George Harrison who capitalised with an excellent shot on goal, for the score to be 1-0 to Rugby.

Welford kept attacking but Rugby’s defence were solid and kept them out. The half time score was 1-0 to Rugby. Welford came straight onto the attack in the second half but Rugby were too strong across the field for Welford to make any impact. Midway throughout the second half saw Ben Cooper play an excellent ball through to Josh Dixon, who hit the back of the net making the score 2-0 to Rugby. Welford kept attacking, looking for the goal but Tom Webb made some brilliant and crucial saves though out the game. The game ended 2-0 to Rugby. Tom Webb and Ben Cooper were awarded joint Man of the Match.

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Fixtures Sat 26/10/2013

M1 v Bournville – Hart Field - 1300

M2 v Belper - Away

M3 v Belper – Rugby School - 1200

M4 v Belper - Away

M5 v Nottingham – Rugby School - 1200

M6 v Warwick Uni - Away

M7 v Cov & NW – Hart Field - 1430

L1 Interclub match

L2 Interclub match

L3 Interclub match

Badgers A v Wellingborough – Bilton High - 1000

Badgers B v Welton - Away