RUGBY & East Warwickshire Ladies are celebrating after winning promotion and extending their unbeaten run to 19 games thanks to a 3-2 victory over Hampton.
Hampton took the lead but that did not affect a spirited Rugby side with Nancy Stephens, Sarah Plant and Isobel Bower all setting up chances for Lil Gane and Nicki Siarbawa.
A scramble at the goalmouth allowed Rugby to equalise courtesy of a Siarbawa strike and Izzy Powell soon got in on the act before Siarbawa scored her second of the match to put Rugby in control.
Confidence remained high in the Rugby camp after the break while Hampton showed signs of danger too and they managed to pull another goal back late on but Rugby held out to secure promotion.
Just one goal proved to be the difference when Rugby women’s third team travelled to Old Silhillians but it was the home side who found the winner in the final ten minutes of the match.
In the men’s section, the first team’s disappointing season continued with a 13th defeat of the season at home to Nottingham University.
Szymon Oszyjczyk scored the only goal of the game for Rugby with a well worked goal but the home side went down 3-1.
The second team also endured a frustrating defeat after dominating for long periods against Leek but they fell to a 3-0 defeat.
A quick counter saw Leek take the lead on 20 minutes and two similar half goals put Rugby to the sword.
The third team were involved in a goal fest away at Nottingham University but sadly all seven goals went to Nottingham University.
Despite the heavy defeat, there were positive performances from player-of-the-match Tom Carter and debutant Calum Mackay.
There was better news for Rugby’s fourth team who came from behind to beat Beeston 4-2.
Rugby conceded early on after a poor ten minute spell but a quck-fire double from ‘Manno’ and Mark Huskinsin turned the game on its head.
Keeping control in the second half, a great cross found Dave Renard free at the back post to finish well for 3-1 but Beeston scored a second to keep themselves in the match.
However normal service was restored when a defensive mistake allowed Renard the opportunity to get his second of the game.
The fifth team also tasted that winning feeling with a 1-0 win over Beeston, the sixth team lost 3-0 against Leicester and the seventh team tasted a 2-1 defeat at Edgbaston.
Elsewhere in the youth section, the under-9s and under-11s braved the cold to win their respective age groups at the Market Harborought Tournament.
The under-14s beat Edgbaston 10-0 to amke it through to the region finals while the under-16 boys also make it through to the regional finals but lost out to eventual winners Marlow.