HOCKEY: Today’s fixtures for Rugby & East Warwickshire

Action from Saturday's fixture at Bilton School - Ladies 1st XI v Stratford
Action from Saturday's fixture at Bilton School - Ladies 1st XI v Stratford
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Men’s 1st XI in sixth and playing for highest possible finish

Today’s fixtures: (Saturday, February 15)

M1 v North Staffs – Hart Field 1300

M2 v Northampton Saints - Away

M3 v Leek – Rugby School 1200

M4 v West Bridgford - Away

M5 v Leek – Rugby School 1200

M6 v Melton Mowbray - Away

M7 v Leicester Westly – Hart Field 1430

L2 v Leamington – Bilton High School 1030

Last week’s round-up of games:

Bournville 4

Rugby & East Warwickshire Hockey Club Men’s 1st XI 4

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Rugby picked up a good point away to league leaders Bournville. A cracking performance from everyone, Rich Hill and Henry Sewell adapting well on their debuts. Simon Oszyjczyk has his scoring boots back with a well worked hat-trick.

Rugby are now sitting at sixth and will be playing for pride and the highest possible finish over the remaining games.

REWHC Men’s 2nd XI 1

Belper 3

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Belper 1

REWHC Men’s 3rd XI 7

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Rugby’s success and hard work over recent weeks paid off as they finally moved out of the bottom four relegation zone. A dominant performance saw them slot seven past struggling Belper.

Two goals and a fine display from Ben Oliver, along with two for Gaz Unett, two for Nick Foster and one from Giles Morrison, who found himself in the D during open play.

Rugby are slowly picking off the bottom half of the table but must not relax and ensure they maintain the pressure on the teams around them.

REWHC Men’s 4th XI 4

Belper 1

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Nottingham 0

REWHC Men’s 5th XI 5

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It was like watching Chelsea playing hockey as Nottingham were unable to provide any answer to a strong Rugby display. Goals from Nick Thatcher, Dave Assheton, Craig Hughes, an amazing effort from Chris Dickinson, and Stuart Chaplin finally converting one of his 20 chances!

REWHC Men’s 6th XI 1

Warwick Uni 1

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Cov & NW 4

REWHC Men’s 7th XI 1

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REWHC Ladies 1st XI 0

Stratford Ladies 6

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This was always going to be a difficult match against the current leaders of Division 1, and Stratford did not disappoint.

Rugby struggled to settle into the game, conceding a goal in the first minute. There were moments of inspired play, with strong performances from both Maddy Thomas and Ella Bromley in mid-field, but a lack of consistency made for a less than polished performance leaving the home team 4-0 down at half time.

Performance improved significantly in the second half, and Rugby were eventually rewarded with a short corner which Amber Miekle struck at full force, only missing the goal through a defender’s deflection.

The gritty determination displayed by Emily Billing, earning her Man of the Match status, and goalkeeper, Emma Olifent ensured that only two goals were conceded in the second half.

A disappointing performance from the home team, with lots to prove now.

REWHC Ladies 3rd XI 4

Sutton Coldfield 0

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Goals for Megan, Leanne Humphries and 2 for Jackie Adlum. Joint MOM goes to Sue Tarling and Gemma Scales.

REWHC Badgers A 2

Long Buckby 3

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In gale force conditions with winds so strong the goals were being blown off the pitch, Rugby started slowly and Long Buckby scored two goals within 10 minutes. However Rugby were not going to give up. Out of nowhere Rees went on a run and had a great shot which was deflected in the air for Hewitt to volley in.

Rugby’s second was finished off with style by Mathew Rush, for 2-2 going into half time. The second half started slowly. Unfortunately for Rugby, Buckby scored in the last minutes to end 2-3. Man of the match was Mathew Rush who had a great debut for the Badgers as did Nat Shepard.

REWHC Badgers B 1

Old Sills 4

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Rugby’s young Badgers side came up against a strong and determined Old Sills at home on Saturday. Sills pressured the Rugby defence from the start and soon found themselves one up from a goal slipped in from a narrow angle after some fine individual skills from the Sills forward.

Sills didn’t sit back on this and kept the pressure on the Rugby goal, limiting Rugby to the odd break away attack.

On one of these Womack was picked out by a long ball out of defence to leave him one on one with the keeper were he calmly converted his chance.

Ollifent in the Rugby goal kept the score at one all to half time.

The second half was a more even encounter until the last quarter when the physical strength and size of the older Sills players began to show and they rounded the game off with three well-taken goals.