HOCKEY: The week’s round-up from Rugby & East Warwickshire

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And this weekend’s fixtures for 11 teams

ENER-G Hockey league Midlands Premier

REWHC 2nd XI 1

Barford Tigers HC 2nd XI 6

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Rugby were confident going into this tough fixture but were guilty of giving too much time and space to their opponents. Barford pressed up the pitch and Rugby struggled to clear their lines. Barford soon took the lead with a well placed reverse stick shot and soon doubled it before half time. Rugby started the second half stronger and pushed for a goal and were unlucky to concede a further two goals before Gaz Unett found the net from a tight angle. Rugby pushed further forward in the hope of more goals and came unstuck by good counter attacking play that allowed Barford to much time and space and were able to add another two goals to their tally.

ENER-G Hockey league East Midlands Premier

REWHC 3rd XI 2

Nottingham University HC 3rd XI 1

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Taking on the early season pace setters, Rugby put aside the disappointment of the previous week to put in a match winning performance. The team played with intensity and also a maturity that belied their years (some of the lads think that Movember is merely poor spelling!). Rugby defended with grit and determination and man of the match Chris Thomas proved a hugely resilient last line in goal. On the counter, Rugby themselves created plenty of chances and were rewarded with a messy but welcome goal from Jared McSweeney. The lead was extended when James Hartley calmly flicked the ball past the stranded goalkeeper. The University continued to push forward but could only manage one goal from a late penalty, leaving Rugby as worthy winners.

ENER-G Hockey league Midlands Premier

REWHC 4th XI 5

Harbourne HC 4th XI 2

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Rugby maintained their excellent away record with a comprehensive win and were in charge almost throughout.

An early injury which took out Max Brayson disrupted things briefly but from then on Rugby took control. A foot on the line allowed the Dancer to score from the resultant stroke and a Pete Willis short corner strike, through the keepers legs, made it 2-0 at half time.

A routine Rooney finish before a superb run, dribble and finish from Simon Jarvis made it 4-0. Complacency and excessive dribbling set in, which allowed Harborne two quick goals. A stern word from skipper Willis brought back normality and Peppa slotted home a well worked short corner routine. A special mention to Suraj Tailor, Harry Robinson and Jim Dickinson who are finally settled in and getting better week by week. Rugby just need to improve their home form, starting with Leek 5s on Saturday.

ENER-G Hockey league South East 1

REWHC 5th XI 5

Sutton Coldfield HC 6th XI 1

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Rugby went into this match knowing that a win would put keep them at the top of the table. This confidence brought them early possession in the match. With this early possession Rugby got the first goal through James Harrison. Then soon after doubled their lead through Ollie church. After a good counter attacking play Rugby played the ball around the keeper for Stuart Chaplin to put the ball into the bottom corner. Soon after the break Rugby went 4-0 up through a good shot for Dan Jacobs. Rugby unfortunately weren’t able to keep a clean sheet after a good strike from the Sutton forward. They game was made 5-1 by Alex Salter who put the ball into the top corner. Rugby then had more chances but they weren’t able to put them away.

ENER-G Hockey league South East 1

REWHC 6th XI 1

Leicester HC 4th XI 2

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In another frustrating home performance Rugby are yet to win on the Rugby College pitch. Despite being the younger, quicker side Rugby’s passing game just did not gel sufficiently.

In what was a very evenly fought contest, Rugby went behind due to two defensive lapses despite the efforts of the rapidly improving Rob Marshall-Lee in goal, including a save from a penalty stroke. Marshalled by the older heads of Mike Andrews and DT Rugby managed to build a number of promising attacks - culminating in a penalty corner converted by the latter. During the last ten minutes youngsters Tom Oglethorpe, Phil Dickinson and Rich Hill were running their counterparts ragged and playing through many robust challenges. Cameron Snook nearly clinched the equaliser thwarted by the upright. David Heathcote made a very promising debut. A disappointing result - but this team will improve rapidly when it recaptures its passing game.

ENER-G Hockey league South West 1

REWHC 7th XI 0

Barford Tigers HC 4th XI 6

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Rugby knew that they would be up against it playing an undefeated Tigers team who were averaging six goals a game. Rugby though were determined to make a game of it. The early chances went to Rugby but they were unable to find the final touch. Tom Brindley put in a couple of excellent crosses early on but Rugby could not convert. Barford took the lead through a breakaway goal and doubled their lead just before half time.

Barford made a couple of changes at half time which changed the game completely. They moved the ball at pace and Rugby were left chasing shadows. Four more goals followed without reply. Rob Betts and Robbie Fletcher both played well as did man of the match Keith Slaughter playing his first game for 5 years. Next week Rugby take on Harborne and must be hoping for a long awaited second win of the season.

REWHC Badgers XI 0

Northampton Saints HC Badgers XI 1

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Dan Harboard, Manraj Bhandal and James Potter all impressed with their debut performances and it was obvious that the rest of the team had learnt from the last game. Northampton’s early pressure did not realise any results and Rugby began to gain confidence but forwards Ellie Carter, Ben Cooper and Jack Robinson didn’t quite get the opportunities to convert. Goalless at half time Rugby began to press more. Strong performances in the middle from Jonny Bowering, Oscar Kay, Henry Lewis and Tom Owen continually threatened but work required on ball control and distribution meant that the chances too often resulted in loosing possession.

Christian Starkie had another confident game in goal but with ten minutes remaining Northampton finally carved a hole in the Rugby defence to score the winner. Nothing between these sides so Rugby will fancy themselves to win the return.

Warwickshire Womens Hockey League Division 1

REWHC Ladies 1st XI 1

Cov & NW HC Ladies 1st XI 1

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Rugby came out strong, pressuring hard in the first half, and were unlucky not to be awarded a short corner or penalty on more than one occasion. However their persistence eventually paid off when the opposition stopped a ball on the goal line with their foot, gifting Rugby with a penalty flick that was neatly put away by Nicky Siarbawa. Coventry and North Warwick fought back in the second half, and Rugby allowed them to dominate the game. Great defending by Jo Watling and keeper Emma Olifent kept the goals at bay until the last five minutes when a short corner aerial found the top of the net. Man of the match was Beth Duffin for her tenacity in the oppositions half.

Warwickshire Womens Hockey League Division 3

REWHC Ladies 2nd XI 0

Cov & NW HC Ladies 2nd XI 1

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A good game from Rugby despite an unfortunate 0-1 loss and one neck injury for Claire Dickinson’s first game as captain. Despite a good start by Rugby, Coventry managed to score a goal even with strong defence from Rachel Major and Julia Bower. During the second half, Rugby began to play a lot better passing the ball accurately and getting into spaces and so had more possession of the ball. Emma worked well to get the ball up the pitch to the forwards. An attempt at goal by Claire Dickinson was made with the support of Jane Philipson and Libby Wilson. Rugby continued to attack well and were given chances to shoot with short corners, but unfortunately they did not manage to score a goal. Man of the Match went to both Claire Dickinson and Katie Wooliscroft for tireless defending and Barbie went to Sarah Kirk.

Weekend fixtures: Men’s

1st v Edgbaston Away 1.15pm

2nd v Birmingham Uni Home Rugby School 12noon

3rd v Nottingham Away 12.30pm

4th v Leek 5 Home Rugby School 12noon

5th v Beeston 6 Home Rugby College 2pm

6th v West Bridgford 7 Away 12noon

7th v Harbourne 5 Home Rugby College 12.30pm

Badgers v Daventry Home Rugby School 10.30am

Ladies’

1st v Edgebaston 3 Home Rugby School 10.30am

2nd v Warwick 4 Home Rugby College 3.30pm

3rd v Sutton Coldfield 5 Away 10.30am