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Rugby & East Warwickshire men's 2nd team v Northampton Saints in action at Hart Field
Rugby & East Warwickshire men's 2nd team v Northampton Saints in action at Hart Field

Disappointing result for 1sts, but still only four points separating top four teams in Midlands Premier League

North Staffs 2

REWHC Men’s 1st XI 1

Sponsored by Webb Ellis

After last week’s performance that cruelly took two points away from a deserved victory, Rugby travelled the furthest north to Stafford. For the first 25 minutes possession was strong and pass completion good, which created some intricate passes and a delicate chip over the keeper by Szymon Osycjyck to take the lead. North Staffs missed three penalty corners and it remained 1-0 at half time.

As pressure built, Rugby passes started to go astray and players didn’t keep up with the ferocious pace. Inevitably the hosts converted a penalty corner to level. Rich Major got himself into trouble with a yellow and this really opened Rugby up to some panic passing. Another loss of possession gave Stafford the goal they were after to claim victory.

Three absentees including the captain really hurt Rugby, however, it is still early enough in the season to move forward. Four points separate the top four and Rugby must stay positive.

REWHC Men’s 2nd XI 2

Northampton Saints 3

Sponsored by Fever

Already highlighted as one of those must-win matches, Rugby failed to take those important three points.

Rugby looked to start the stonger, the forwards pressing well allowing the midfield to pick up stray balls. Saints scored from their first attack and with Rugby still in shock they soon scored again.

Rugby regained their composure and worked hard to pull the game back to 2-2. Good play from Lee in the midfield have Rugby hope of finding the winner. It was Saints who retook the lead with a scrappy goal and then Rugby’s heads dropped, so they were never able to pull it back.

Leicester Westleigh 4th XI 4

REWHC Men’s 7th XI 3

Sponsored by Brethertons LLP -solicitors

The 7ths’ trip couldn’t have started better when a short corner, that was stopped on the line by a Leicester foot, led to a penalty flick converted by Neil Chorley. But a composed Westleigh side raced into a 3-1 half-time lead.

Rugby came back hard in the second-half and eventually pressured Westleigh into conceding several short-corners with the breakthrough goal a strong strike from Clive Nicholson. Rugby looked confident as Richard Massie equalised in a goal-mouth scramble with seven minutes to go. However, a lapse in concentration was Rugby’s downfall again, as Westleigh raised their game and scored two late goals.

REWHC Ladies 2nd XI 3

Hampton HC 2

Sponsored by Johns Gilbert & Frankton

Hampton took an early lead as Rugby struggled to wake upand made it 2-0 at half time.

But Rugby came back fighting with some great defending from Jo Watling and Amber Meikle. After some great effort in the D, a penalty corner was crossed well by Julia Bower in to Kate Mackenzie for 2-1.

With passing and team work improving, particularly from man of the match Charlie Woolliscroft and Caitlin. Taking the ball from midfield, Lou Lou Danger crossed to Helen Ray for 2-2.

Rugby continued to improve and although Julia Bower’s strike was going slightly wide but Helen Ray managed to get her stick to it for 3-2. An excellent result.

Saturday’s fixtures

M1 v Notts Uni - 1300 - Hart Field

M2 v Leek - Away

M3 v Notts Uni - 1200 - Rugby School

M4 v Cannock - Away

M5 v West Bridgford - 1200 - Rugby School

M6 v Loughborough Town - Away

M7 v Coalville - 1430 - Hart Field

L1 v Nuneaton - 1230 - Bilton High

L2 v Warwick - Away

L3 v Leamington - 1400 - Bilton High

Badgers v Northampton Saints - 1000 - Bilton High