Late goal dampens Warwick's fightback as Stone have the last laugh - The Leamington Observer

Late goal dampens Warwick's fightback as Stone have the last laugh

HOCKEY: A KEEN Warwick side couldn’t transfer passion into a winning result at Stone on Saturday.

Warwick made a horrendous start when two early goals saw the visiting side 2-0 down after just ten minutes of play.

Sloppy play allowed Stone to ease into the D before they capitalised on their chances.

Warwick responded though and enjoyed the vast majority of possession throughout the remaining part of the first half. But they were unable to beat Stone’s keeper.

The second started in similar fashion to the first as Warwick enjoyed prolonged periods of possession, but couldn’t convert this into goals.

Stone looked dangerous on the counter attack and enjoyed spells in Warwick’s half as they looked to extend their lead.

Ollie Hobbs, who looked dangerous on the ball throughout the game, brought Warwick back into the game with a well executed drag flick into the top left corner.

With the game entering its final ten minutes, Warwick pushed for another goal.

A period of ten vs ten followed as two green cards were issued. And is was during this time that Warwick attacked hard down the right hand side as Ben Cooper bagged Warwick’s equaliser.

But the visiting side’s hard work was undone when a Stone counter attack won them the game with minutes remaining.

A tackle outside the D resulted in a short corner, and the home side made no mistake in dispatching it into the top corner.

Warwick are back in action this weekend with an away trip to Edgbaston.

2nd XI 

THERE were better fortunes for Warwick’s 2nd XI as they defeated Stone 3-0 at home.

Thoug Stone started strongly, Warwick held firm and found their rhythm following a turbulent opening ten minutes.

Wdowski on the left who made the breakthrough, dribbling into the D along the baseline and leaving Stone overturned with a goal-bound cross into the far corner of the goal.

Straight after half time, Warwick left Stone cold after Dellow added a second goal at short range.

Warwick continued to apply pressure to Stone but were unable to break through their wall of the defence.

Equally solid in defence for Warwick was Gale on his debut, with Murray and Cowan protecting the middle, and Selby tackling and intercepting in midfield.

Eventually, another run along the baseline from Wdowski and a flick-on from McDonald yielded a second tap-in at the back post for Dellow, and Warwick’s third goal of the afternoon.

The final Stone throw of the dice was a series of short corners in the dying minutes which put Warwick to the test.

But the sticks of Stone couldn’t break Warwick at home as goalkeeper Silvester remained rock solid in repelling all efforts on goal.

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