October 24th, 2016

Warwick thump rivals Stratford to claim local bragging rights

Updated: 6:34 pm, Nov 25, 2015

ANOTHER spectacular display from Warwick saw them dismiss local rivals Stratford 4-0 and boost their chances of going top of the table with a victory this weekend at Old Sillhilians.

Warwick were on top from the first whistle and did not allow Stratford to get going by producing a true team performance.

Jack Hobbs was particularly unlucky having kept a third clean sheet in a row while making some dazzling saves. However the man of the match award went to Allistor Smith who despite some uncharacteristic fundamental errors, showed a huge amount of determination and dedication in defence.

The pick of the goals was the third which really took the game out of Stratford’s reach. Blue McWhirter showed some of his international class, scoring an unstoppable wonder goal by taking on the whole Stratford team and slotting the ball in the top right corner.

There was to be no success for the men’s third team after they lost 4-1 away at Stourport.

The Warwick goal came courtesty of a neat move down the left and a pass across the goal gave Alp Shaw an easy finish.

The fourth team suffered their first defeat of the season by defeating Edgbaston’s fifth team 4-3.

Warwick went two goals in front through Ian Stickels and John Sawdon but in the second half their opponents scored four times to go ahead. Henry Curran pulled one goal back but they were unable to find another breakthrough.

Elsewhere, the women’s first team were held at home by Boots on what was a bitterly cold afternoon.

Warwick did go into the match expecting to win but they were unable to find a breakthrough and were made to settle for a 0-0 draw.

The third team however felt that winning feeling after beating league leaders Hampton-in-Arden 3-2.

Captain Krissie Howe set up Hannah Wishart whose shot sailed wide of goal early before the Hampton took the lead but Vicky Allison tapped home an equaliser and Hannah Wishart gave Warwick the lead right on half-time.

Hampton came out fighting in the second half, but some brilliant saves from Becky Morgan and great defending from Ella Worlidge, Beth Hall, Maddie Lewis and Lou Colley kept Warwick in the lead.

Warwick were later awarded a short corner which Liz Holding took full advantage by scoring a deflected goal.

Hampton came back with a goal in the dying minutes of the game, but this was too little too late and Warwick were the first team to beat Hampton-in-Arden this season with a score of 3-2.

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