WARWICK made a welcome return to winning ways by scoring no fewer than eight goals past Shrewsbury to move four points clear at the top of the Midland Division Two table.
Martyn Stickley was the hero for Warwick on Saturday after scoring five times in an 8-4 victory which put to bed last week’s disappointing 1-1 draw.
Despite the long journey, Warwick started on fire and were soon 4-0 up after just ten minutes with Stickley and Williams-Ellis scoring twice.
A combination of bad luck and complacency let Shrewsbury back into the match as they pulled two goals back before the break.
But a refocussed Warwick side were soon back to their best after the break with Stickly adding two more to his tally to make it 6-2.
John Kane marked his return to the team with a goal before Shrewsbury pulled two goals back but man-of-the-match Stickley scored a fifth and final goal late on to wrap up an 8-4 win.
The third team travelled to Leicester with both sides looking for a win but they shared the points following an entertaining 4-4 draw.
Alp Shaw opened the scoring for the visitors and he bagged a second with an excellent drag flick shot to put Warwick in control.
Shaw turned provider soon afterwards as a wonderdul passing move was finished by Andrew Dellow before Leicester pulled two goals back in quick succession to keep them in the match at half-time.
The second half did not go to plan for Warwick who seemed to tire and lose concentration and they conceded a shot goal to allow their opponents to get back on level terms.
Both sides continued to create chances with Alp being denied by a fine save before Warwick scored what they thought would be the winner with ten minutes to go when James Slora reacted first to a deflected short corner to smash the ball home.
But Leicester scored five minutes to go to claim a share of the spoils.
The fourth team tasted a heavy 7-0 defeat away at Warwick University but the fifth team ran out 2-1 winners over Rugby & East Warwickshire.
In the women’s section, the first team were looking to regain some points against league leaders Leek but they lost 4-1.
Two goals in quick succession handed Leek the initiative but Warwick fought back and their perseverance paid off when Kirstin Bryce scored to make it 2-1 at half-time.
And after playing the remainder of the match with only 12 players, Leek were able to take full advantage by scoring two further goals to wrap up the victory.
There was batter new for the second team however for the second team after they came from behind to draw 1-1 against Atherstone’s first team.
Atherstone went ahead in the tenth minute but a second half strike by Hannah Wishart allowed Warwick to claim a valuable point.
There was no success for the third team after they lost 4-2 against Shipton’s first team, while Warwick’s fourth team produced a brilliant fighting display to claim a narrow 1-0 win over Olton with Livvi Ray scoring the only goal of the game.