IT WAS a proud day for Rugby & East Warwickshire’s over 40s side who may have lost out to Robinsons 5-2 in the final of the National Men’s Masters Cup, but they can walk away with their heads held high following an entertaining fixture on Sunday.
Rugby had beaten East Grinstead 4-1 to progress to the final and they were back by a large army of supporters who made the trip to the Olympic Park to watch their side captained by Leigh Spacey.
The match started well for Rugby who moved the ball around nicely and they had chances to take the lead through Chris Graham and Alex Watkins, while at the other Chris Duerden, Richard Spraget and Russ Watling were able to cope with what the Robinson’s threw at them.
On the few occasions Rugby were caught trying to play out from the back they struggled to find a way past the ever impressive Danny Bell who stood firm in the Rugby goal as the scoreline remained 0-0 at half-time.
After the break Robinsons took the lead but this fired Rugby up and within minutes they had come from behind to take the lead themselves.
Colin Odwell scored the first after some good work by Graham and Watkins did well to convert Watling’s short corner as Rugby turned the game on its head.
It looked as though it was going to be Rugby’s day when Robinsons missed a penalty which was awarded after the ball struck Giles Morrison’s shins on the line.
But unfortunately a five minute blip in the middle of the second half cost Rugby as Robinsons found the back of the net three times to take the game out of reach and win the cup.
The 5-2 scoreline was perhaps unfair on Rugby but the team did superbly to reach the finals having come through five rounds to reach the National final.