RUGBY’s veteran side progressed through to the quarter-final of the National Masters Cup after recording a comfortable 4-0 away at Derwent.
Trademark dribbles from Chris Graham down the right led to two goals which were finished by David Odwell and Colin Odwell, while Colin scored the second goal of the game after some good work by Chris Dickinson.
Richard Spraget was on hand to stop Derwent’s only danger man on several crucial occasions and Alex Watkins delivered a pinpoint cross which Colin was able to deflect home for his hat-trick.
There were solid performances all round from Chris Duerden, Keith Slaughter and Giles Morrison at the back while Danny Bell was restricted to a mere four saves.
The only downside for Rugby was the non conversion rate of around a dozen short corners but Russell Watling and Darren Jackson will be back to help Rugby through to the semi finals against Peterborough at home on Valentines Day.
Elsewhere, the men’s second team let a three-goal lead slip after drawing 4-4 against West Bridgford.
Alex Watkins opened the scoring with a sweet corner strike and both Tom Robson and Phillip Dickinson finished off fine moves to put Rubgy firmly in control.
But Rugby started the second period badly and gave a goal away within seconds of the restart.
Normal service was resumed when Daniel Harris made it 4-1 which should have killed the game off.
But when David Odwell missed an open goal from just a yard out West Bridgford sensed a way back into the match and some horrendous defending allowed them to pull level.
The third team lost out to the same side after falling to a 4-1 defeat with Kristian Browne scoring what proved to be a consolation goal.
There was better news for Rugby’s fourth team who beat Leek 5-1.
A strong opening saw Matt Rush score the opening goal from a scappy piece of play but a poor pass by Peter Willis allowed Leek to get back on level terms at half-time.
After the break Rugby stepped up a gear and were soon 3-1 ahead and Dave Renard’s clever reverse stick rolled under the keeper’s legs before Richard Cook scraped the ball over the line.
A final goal came from a deflection and a flick from Callum Mackey was put home at the far post to wrap up a comfortable win.
The fifth team moved up to fourth in the East Midlands Premier League thanks to a 2-1 win at Northampton Saints and the sixth team lost 3-1 to Burton, while the seventh team were also defeat 3-1 away at Melton.
In the ladies section, Rugby’s first team were in winning form again after defeat Warwick University 4-2, but the second team lost 2-0 away at Balsall & Berkswell.
The third team however tasted success after beating Long Buckby 4-2, with Gemma Scales scoring her first ever goal for Rugby.
In finally, in the junior section, goals from Toby Bower and Paddy Parfitt earned Rugby Badgers’ A team a 2-2 draw against Long Bucky.
And the B team beat Atherstone 1-0 with Otterley Warner scoring the only goal of the game.