RUGBY & East Warwickshire lost for the first time in ten years against Midlands Division One topping Warwick.
Dave Bryce’s late strike gave Warwick a deserved three points in a 3-2 scoreline, despite throwing away a two-goal lead.
Warwick started brightly and eventually broke the deadlock after a flurry of half-chances when Albie Cohen finished off a counter attack, firing the ball between the legs of the Rugby goalkeeper into the net.
Warwick doubled their lead from their first short corner, which was sent into the vicinity of Archie Gale who knocked the ball into the bottom corner.
Momentum swung in favour of the visitors after they pulled a goal back from a short corner of their own, before an equaliser arrived from a similar set-piece before half time.
As a result, the second half was a cagey affair, with heated challenges aplenty in the search for a goal.
With time running out, a short corner into Pete Newton was received, taken forward and then played into Bryce to apply the finish and win the game.
Despite a late push from Rugby, Warwick held on to keep themselves level on points with University of Nottingham Seconds.
The men’s second string were on the end of a drubbing in Midlands Division Two, losing 7-1 at home to Chesterfield 1sts.
Liam Brown’s goal was the only high note of the afternoon for Rugby.
In the East Midlands Premier Division, the men’s third team picked up a first win of the season, beating the hosts Stratford 2nds 3-0 courtesy of a Ben Hardy goal and an Archie Houghton brace.
Will Cooper-Harris’ double picked up a first point of the season for the men’s 4ths in South East Division One, after a 2-2 draw at home to Northampton Saints 3rds.
The men’s fifth and sixth XI’s were on target in South East Division Two, picking up wins against Coalville 4ths and Ashby 3rds respectively.
Giles Morrison, Tom Scott-Brown, Ben Stutchbury and two from Harry Kirkbride saw off Coalville 5-2, while Ed Thomas’ goal was the decider in the narrow 1-0 win over Ashby.
Rugby’s only ladies team to play at the weekend was the third XI, who ran out 5-1 winners against the University of Warwick 3rds in Warwickshire Division Three.