October 21st, 2016

Goalless draw for league leaders Warwick at Stratford

A BLANK stalemate away at Stratford keeps Warwick at the top of the Midland Two League and extends their unbeaten run this season to 17 games.

The visitors played well and their keeper had a fantastic game making many notable saves to keep a clean sheet but three points at home to Old Silhillians will be enough to secure promotion.

The second team were also in action against Stafford at Gallows Hill but they produced one of their best performances of the season to claim a 6-2 victory.a

Warwick dominated the opening period and totally dominated with 13 short corners and 87 per cent possession but they only had one goal to show for their efforts thanks to James Thomas.

But Stafford made the most of their few chances by scoring an equaliser with only their second attack of the match.

The second period followed a similar pattern as the first with Warwick continuing to create chances and shortly after the break Thomas grabbed his second of the match.

John Kane scored Warwick’s third with a low drag flick into the centre of the goal and Tom Selby got on the scoresheet with a tidy finish on the turn after Andrew Westrope bobbled a ball into the ‘D’.

Stafford added a second with ten minutes remaining, but that did not change the game as Warwick went on to score a fifth through another drag flick from Kane and Chris Waller bagged the final goal of the game from 30 metres out.

Warwick’s third team also found their goalscoring form again after recording a 6-1 win against Stourport.

Alp Shaw produced a run full of tricks that eventually put Andrew Dellow through for a simple tap in to make it 1-0 at half time.

Shaw turned from provider to scorer while Dellow scored a second and both James Druce and Rich Kelly got in on the scoring act and there was also a rare goal for Dan Honey-Smith.

Warwick conceded a late goal but the win pushes Warwick up to mid-table with three games to go.

The winning feeling also filtered down to the fourth team who beat Edgebaston 5-1 with John Sawdon and James Sear both bagging a brace, while the fifth team lost 2-0 to Leicester but recovered to draw 1-1 with Hampton-in-Arden.

Elsewhere in the women’s section, Warwick bounced back from a disappointing draw last weekend to beat Solihull Blossomfield 2-0.

It was Warwick who were able to produce the first goal of the game when player of the match, Emily Ingall-Tombs, scored her first goal of the season from a straight strike.

As expected Solihull came out strongly in the second half but they could find no way past the Warwick back line and Hayes scored a wonderful solo goal which ended in a cheeky lob over the keeper to wrap up a comfortable win.