October 23rd, 2016

Revenge for Warwick who beat rivals Bournville

Updated: 6:48 pm, Jan 27, 2016

WARWICK came from behind to beat rivals Bournville 4-2 on Saturday in what was revenge for a 5-0 thumping in the previous fixture earlier in the season.

The visitors started brightylu with John MacDonald coming close with a reverse stick strike which forced the Bournville goalkeeper into a smart save and Tom Selby hit another effort wide of goal.

They came close again when Selby and MacDonald linked well to set up Kane whose shot went agonisingly over the bar.

After 20 minutes James Spencer, one of only three defenders in the team, suffered a reoccurence of a thigh strain and was forced to withdraw.

The injury unsettled the Warwick team and this allowed Bournville to grab a foothold in the match. Despite the best efforts of Matt Morgan who pulled off a strong of saves, it was the hosts who held a 2-0 lead at half-time.

A change of tactics saw Warwick come out re-organised after the break and they were soon back in the match when James Spencer scored from close range.

Warwick were soon back on level terms as Kane again ghosted into the D and smashed a reverse strike on goal which was well saved but the ball dropped nicely for MacDonald who tapped home the equaliser.

A clever short corner routine tricked the Bournville defence as James Thomas was left in acres of space to hit Kane’s pass into the roof of the net as Warwick went ahead for the first time in the match.

The hosts threatended to score a third themselves but a mixture of late tackles and goaline clearances kept the visitors in front and after Bournville lost their discipline with a series of cards, Selby and Spencer combined to set up Thomas for the final goal of the match.

The third team were also embroiled in a high-scoring match after they drew 4-4 with Sutton Coldfield.

Rich Kelly opened the scoring for Warwick and Andrew Dellow added a second but Sutton Coldfield got themselves back into the match by pulling level at the break.

It got worse for Warwick mid-way through the second period as they went 4-2 down through a lack of concentration and the second was a well taken goal.

But Warwick gathered themselves and two goals from James Druce earned Warwick a deserved draw

The men’s fourth team also drew after being held 1-1 by Stourport but there was better news for the fifth team who beat Coalville 3-2.

In the ladies section, Warwick’s first team drew 3-3 against Kettering in what was a challenging first game back following the winter break, while the third team beat Stratford 3-0 thanks to goals from Emily Wood, Liz Holding and Norma Deeley.

And the ladies’ fourth team romped to a comfortable 7-0 win over Sutton Coldfield to move up to third in the table.

Anyone interested in joining Warwick Hockey Club should contact Dom Simpson on 07971 815761 or visit www.warwickhockey.co.uk.