RUGBY & EAST WARWICKSHIRE Hockey Club’s men’s and ladies’ first XI’s had contrasting fortunes last weekend.
The men’s first-team romped to a 5-2 win over Hampton, despite going behind to debutant Connor Robson’s strike.
Jake Fisher picked out Adam Hewitt to level, before Sam Bevin capitalised on a short corner to score, whilst Hewitt scored a second going into the break.
Chris Graham scored early in the second-half, and whilst Hampton clawed the deficit back to two goals, Rugby’s Euan Walker expertly dispatched the fifth to round-off the win.
The ladies’ first XI meanwhile lost out a hard-fought game with Edgbaston, who went ahead early on via a deflected shot from a short corner.
Rugby did well to fight back and on a counter-attack managed to level the scores.
With the ball out on the right, the ball was smashed into Nicki Siarbawa to tap the ball home.
However, despite building on the equaliser with some good pressure on Edbaston’s backline, the visitors scrambled the ball into the net after a penalty corner.
And with two goals disallowed, Rugby were denied a positive result.
The men’s second XI won a 5-4 thriller against Loughborough Town 2’s, despite falling two behind in the early stages.
Chris Harding deflected the ball into the net from a short corner, but a third goal from Loughborough seemingly dented REWHC’s chances of a comeback.
An exuberant Rugby emerged in the second-half much more up for the battle, and drew level from Harding’s flick into the right-side of the goal, before he smartly swept another shot past the keeper for his hat-trick.
Rob Best put his side in front for the first time when dragging the ball in from a short corner, who’s shot moments later deflected in via Gareth Unett to put Rugby 5-3 in front.
Loughborough clambered a fourth past Matt Westbury, but Rugby were good value to see out the win.
Rugby ladies’ second-team went down 6-2 to Nuneaton, despite taking the lead, whilst the ladies fourth string lost out 2-0 to Leamington 4’s despite their best efforts.
The men’s third XI lost by a single goal to Beeston 3’s, and had to contend with a depleted squad of players on their travels.
Rugby pressed well and restricted Beeston’s control in the attacking third, but would fall behind after a lapse in concentration.
Xander Bennett had the best chance to level when rounding the keeper, but he fired wide from two-yards out in the final ten minutes.
Rugby men’s 4’s put Market Harborough’s second XI to the sword in an 11-3 drubbing.
Taking a 6-0 half-time lead, Rugby struck a further four goals in seven minutes after the interval.
With levels dropping, the visitors pulled three goals back, before Rugby struck a final time to round off the win.
Lastly, Rugby 6’s came through convincingly in a must-win fixture against Leicester 4’s, winning 5-1.
Jimmy Royle settled the nerves early on when he found the net, before Will Cooper-Harris netted a brace to put Rugby in control.
Archie Houghton and Charlie Morrison were the other scorers to seal the victory.