HOCKEY: Winning run halted for 1st XI

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Rugby & East Warwickshire club’s round-up

Edgbaston 1

REWHC Men’s 1st XI 4

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Game six of the Midlands Premier League saw Rugby travelling to Edgbaston. Pre-season had proved successful for the Rugby side with a convincing win for Rugby and they hoped to take 3 points having lost the previous week. Rugby started well and were moving the ball around the pitch and had Edgbaston chasing. The pressure finally gave Rugby a penalty corner and although Edbaston stopped the first shot Polish International Maciej Janiszewski smashed home a half volley for Rugby to take the lead. Edbaston then found themselves in the attack and with a second short corner scored a well worked goal. This motivated the Rugby side to move into a higher gear and almost straight away took the lead through Ben Kluth. Half time and Rugby were in the lead 2-1. The second half saw Rugby take control of the game with the other Polish International scoring the third goal. Szymon Oszyjczyk then got his second when Edbaston substituted the goal keeper in a hope to get back into the game. Rugby were the convincing winners with a strong defensive performance and the creation of lots of scoring opportunities.

This week they host local rivals Coventry & North Warwickshire who sit in 11th position and Rugby will be seeking another 3 points.

Lichfield 4

REWHC Men’s 1st XI 1

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With the unfortunate loss of captain Rich Major to paternity leave, Rugby had a tough away fixture to recently relegated Lichfield from the national league. As Rugby began to settle we won three penalty corners in the first half. Failing to convert or even look like scoring was a real disappointment after such focus at training. The missed opportunities proved vital as Lichfield began to have success attacking the right flank and scored with their only penalty corner of the half.

The second half started promisingly. Constant verbal chat back to the umpires by Lichfield led to another penalty corner being awarded for rugby but again the outcome was below expectations. Szymon collected a pass just inside the 23m line and was slashed down in the D by a Lichfield defender. Szymon stepped up to convert the penalty flick and Rugby felt in a strong position to move forward and win the match. Our passing improved for a 10 minute period with more zip and better leading off the ball. However Lichfield had other plans and three well taken goals sealed the win with Rugby left to reflect on the first defeat in the league of the season.

Belper 3

REWHC Men’s 3rd XI 1

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The 3rd’s away game started shakily, and within ten minutes the opposition had won a short corner and using their extremely well-rehearsed routine, went 1-0 up. Rugby managed to keep them out, with good defensive work from Man of the Match Richard Hill, Rob Best, Jez Murphy and Ken Brayson, and even have a few chances at goal, coming from Jim and Phil Dickinson.

Everyone went back into the game wanting to get something in the second half, but after battling for a good 20 minutes, Belper were 3-0 up. Rugby managed to get something back, with a phenomenal pass from Rich Hill to Gaz Unett, who hit it cleanly past the keeper. Rugby kept up the fight all the way to the end, winning a short corner but unfortunately not getting a goal, and when the final whistle was blown it was 3-1 to Belper.

Warwick Uni 1

REWHC Men’s 3rd XI 5

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You’d have been forgiven for thinking that Rugby may have produced a tired performance having played the day before, and playing against a University side who had the Saturday off. Instead it was nothing of the sort, Rugby at their best and running the students off the park. Rugby took the lead, Tailor deflecting in a Cook cross, and grabbed a second soon after, Unett smashing the ball past the keepr from a short corner. Warwick pulled one back following their own short corner, but Rugby’s hard work was rewarded with further goals from Ken Tailor, Phil Dickinson and Mano. Jim Dickinson worked his socks off in the middle of the pitch and was supported well from another fine display from Rich Hill at right back.

REWHC Men’s 4th XI 1

Edgbaston 5th XI 1

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How Rugby didn’t win this game will forever baffle those involved. Rugby dominated throughout but either through their own unforced errors, or bad luck, at crucial times kept the scores level until halfway through the second half. Chris Harrison finally finished off a penalty corner routine, but as always seems to happen two minutes later Edgbaston equalised with their only attack, following a defensive error. Two points lost!

Belper 3

REWHC Men’s 5th XI 0

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Rugby knew this would be a tough game and started with an attacking 4-3-3 formation. A strong Belper side were an even match but went into half time 1-0 up from a penalty corner strike.

The second half saw rugby create chances but it was Belper who struck again from a well worked open play goal and a further penalty corner.

REWHC Men’s 7th XI 5

Sutton Coldfield 1

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Rugby, still undefeated in the league this season, went into this game intent on securing the points and soon took the lead through a well-executed short corner converted by Neil Chorley. The lead soon doubled when Paul Baxter smashed the ball home from open play. A third, before half time, made the game safe when James Hoggarth forced the ball home from close range.

The second half saw the introduction of Captain Bass and Sutton soon pulled one back. This glimmer was soon snuffed out by further goals from open play scored by Chris Dunn and Hoggarth who seems to be the find of the season. Richard Massie had another solid game and once again midfield general Keith Slaughter controlled the centre of the park. The game was well umpired by Nick Stokes, Royston Hoggarth and Jim Lowe, who all allowed the game to flow whilst maintaining firm control.

REWHC Badgers XI 0

Long Buckby Badgers 7

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The score does not adequately reflect the excellent hockey played by both teams or the terrific character demonstrated by the Rugby juniors to keep battling right to the end despite the physical challenge of playing against some of the much bigger Buckby players.

There were notable debuts by Lou-Lou Danger and Jess Womac and once again both Ben Cooper and Dan Heathcote worked tirelessly to create scoring chances from their attacking positions. Luke Armstrong and Oscar Kay combined well and both showed flashes of brilliance and clever skill to get past the towering Buckby defenders. Although more goals were conceded in the second half the defensive performances by Simon Allan and Oli Taylor in mid-field were exceptional and it was slightly unfair that Rugby’s efforts were not rewarded with a more even final score.

Two weeks off now for half term but watch out Northants when the Badgers return on November 3.

Warwickshire Police 3

REWHC Ladies 1st XI 1

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The mixed Police team included police officers, PCSOs and police staff from across the county in this good natured friendly. The match was pretty even, Plackett and Harrison coming closest to scoring for Rugby, Middleton and Unett just missing out for the Police.

The deadlock was broken when Unett somehow found the net from an impossible angle. Rugby were able to draw level following some slick passing and a finish from Thomas, and could have had more following a number of short corners and increased pressure on the thin blue line at the back.

In the final quarter the feds snuck ahead, Middleton scoring on his debut, and Unett getting his second to secure the win.

The final score was perhaps a little flattering on the Police but both teams will be looking to build on the successes that this match generated. A rematch could be on the cards.

REWHC Ladies 2nd XI 4

Edgbaston 5ths 0

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Once again Rugby’s second team have gained yet another victory. This Saturday, Rugby went out onto the pitch with positive mind frames as they faced Edgbaston’s fifth team. The score at half time concluded at 1-0 to Rugby, after Charlie Woolliscroft scored an excellent reverse stick goal. This boosted Rugby teams’ confidence. As the second half commenced Rugby charged forwarding pressing down hard on Edgbaston’s defence. Another three goals were scored by Kate Mackenzie, Jane Phillipson and Jayne Twaddle.

The final score was 4-0 to Rugby, everyone played at their best, however Kate Mackenzie needs a particular mention as she was voted man of the match, fully deserved as she ran time and time again down the side line. Rugby came together as a team on Saturday and will hopefully carry their determination forward to the upcoming matches.

REWHC Ladies 3rd XI 0

Birmingham Wasps 8

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Rugby started well but were unable to capitalise. Wasps started to involve their strong forwards and constantly eased players off the ball. Wasps converted a short corner with a rehearsed move, followed shortly by another. Rugby’s defence of Libby, Elaine, Natalia, Caitlin and Mandy continued to battle hard, but were 3-0 down at half time.

Rugby came out fighting and good calling and hard work by Rachel and Nicole saw the ball moving around the pitch.

Megan was chasing back and forward tirelessly. Wasps where too strong all over the pitch and although Rugby did not give up Wasps just kept scoring. Mandy made some good saves but the save of the match was from Natalia. A second strike from a short corner was heading into the net at head height, but Natalia calmly turned it around the post. Players of the match went to Rachel Madigan and Natalia Perzylo.

Fixtures Saturday:


1st XI v Cov & NW (H)

2nd XI v Edgebaston (A)

3rd XI v Cov & NW (H)

4th XI v Notts Uni (A)

5th XI v Lichfield (H)

The men’s 6th and 7th XIs and ladies’ teams have no league matches.

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