Rugby & East Warwickshire Hockey Club
Fixtures for Saturday 1st
M1 v Northampton Saints – 1300 – Hart Field
M2 v Olton - Away
M3 v Edgbaston – 1200 – Rugby School
M4 v Notts Uni – Away
M5 v Beeston – 1200 – Rugby School
M6 v N’pton Saints - Away
M7 v West Bridgford – 1430 – Hart Field
L1 v Nuneaton - Away
L2 v Warwick – 1230 – Bilton High
L3 v Leamington - Away
Badgers A v Welford – 1000 – Bilton High
Badgers B v Warwick - Away
Nottingham Uni 1
REWHC Men’s 1st XI 2
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The men’s 1st XI got what they deserved in a hard fought away win.
Nottingham University have won all their games since the turnaround, beating all three top sides.
Rugby have had a change in form with the results not highlighting this, with 4-4 and 3-3 draws in the past two weeks.
The first half was a stalemate, which Notts had the main possession but couldn’t break down a solid defence led well by the forwards doing their job. Chris Thomas pulled off a cracking save and his contribution grew in the second half.
Rugby had a few break away chances but that’s all they were as down to 10 men for a period Rugby had to dig deep.
In the second half another bounding run from Sam Bevin created a slick pass to Szymon Osycyjck in the D to slot home.
Five minutes later Notts pulled it back with Rugby failing to clear their lines, after Chris Thomas made the initial save.
However Notts went down to 10 and Rugby saw their chance. An excellent lead from Andy Sellars through the heart of their defence as he was fouled whilst shooting a penalty flick was awarded. Szymon Osycyjck converted high into the net.
Notts had a penalty corner on the final whistle but gladly failed to score. A top victory against strong opposition.
REWHC Men’s 2nd XI 3
Leek HC 1
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The 2’s earned three valuable points against Leek, with two goals from Colin Odwell and one from Paul Ryan.
Notts Uni 4
REWHC Men’s 3rd XI 2
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Rugby 3rds travelled to Nottingham with four previous wins and hoping to get a result from a difficult fixture.
Rugby started the game slower and were soon 2-0 down but recovered to 3-1 at half time.
Rugby increased the tempo in the second half with MOM Will Taylor providing great ball control in mid field and DOD blue keeping Nottingham at bay for a long period.
Dicko scored a sharp reverse shot 3-2 and had another good attempt saved. With Rugby pressing hard to equalise the Uni side caught Rugby cold with a fourth goal and a car crash ending. Game over!
REWHC Men’s 4th XI 2
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West Bridgford 3
REWHC Men’s 5th XI 1
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The 5ths fell short to a very physical side. They were the better side in the first half, scoring twice.
Rugby did have a number of chances, including a few cleared off the line, but failing to finish was their downfall.
The second half was a different story, Rugby pushing Bridgford hard, but they managed to grab a third which was the cancelled out by the best play of the match resulting in a goal for Stuart Chaplin.
Rugby will be looking to be more prolific in the coming weeks.
REWHC Men’s 6th XI 3
Loughborough Town 4
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The best side clearly lost. Rugby did defend poorly and were punished for their mistakes but in all other aspects they dominated possession and created a hatful of chances that were not converted.
REWHC Men’s 7th XI 0
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REWHC Ladies 1st XI 1
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A good win in this friendly against Staffordshire’s top of the league. Goal from Belinda Stephens off a straight strike at a penalty corner.
It was Bloxwich’s first defeat of the season so should give Rugby a boost. Great play by all but MOM went to Sarah Plant.
REWHC Ladies 2nd XI 0
Stratford HC 2
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Rugby lost to a tough Stratford team. The Barbie award went to Julia Bower for turning up in the wrong kit and MOM to Joe Watling.
REWHC Ladies 3rd XI 1
Long Buckby 1
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The game started at a fast pace but soon settled down and both teams had chances. Rugby had time on the ball but struggled to create an opening. Buckby became more confident and gave Rugby’s defence plenty to do.
Rugby failed to clear a ball and lack of marking saw them 1-0 down.
Changes to Rugby’s team saw much more structured play and increased chances. Jackie shot wide after great movement of the ball, but Rugby turned round determined to go for the win.
Buckby’s defence were strong but good play from Izzy saw some great balls into the D, winning a short corner.
Buckby’s keeper stood no chance from a bullet of a shot by Jackie. Rugby pushed for the winner but no matter how hard they tried they couldn’t find the telling pass or shot.
MOM - Isobel Bower.