A PERFORMANCE full of determination and positivity ended in a late defeat for Warwick ladies as they fell to 1-0 loss against Nottingham Boots ladies’ second string side.
After narrowly losing against Solihull Blossomfield the week before after playing their best hockey of the season, Warwick were hoping to bounce back but they were dealt another cruel blow as they fell to a narrow defeat at Nottingham Boots.
Warwick looked to be heading for a well deserved draw before conceding with just five minutes remaining as the home striker managed to evade her markers and scored from close range.
It was tough on Warwick who had shaded possession and had forced the home keeper in several excellent stops, but they could not quite find the cutting edge needed.
The visitors started strongly and got considerable joy down both flanks in the opening exchanges, with Katie Rankin looking particularly dangerous.
Warwick could have taken the lead in the 18th minute when Alyssa Mildenstein fired just wide after a period of concerted pressure, while Lucy McEvoy cut in past two home players, but her shot from outside the D went straight in with no assist.
Heading into the second half Warwick continued to keep possession although they had keeper Marije Tunnicliffe to thank for making three smart saves early in the second half.
Mildenstein had an effort on goal blocked and her follow-up attempt was straight at the home keeper.
Warwick’s strong and tough defence managed to keep the ball out of the D for most of the game but with just five minutes left, Warwick allowed Nottingham’s striker to get free inside the D and she had the easiest of jobs to sweep the ball home from just a couple of yards to dash Warwick hopes.
In the men’s section, Warwick’s third team also tasted defeat after losing 2-1 at Sutton Coldfield with Will Walker getting on the scoresheet for the visitors.
There was better news for the fourth team who maintained their unbeaten start to the season thanks to a 2-1 win over Bridgnorth thanks to goals from Rob Bligh and Ian Stickels.
And another long trip for the fifth team resulted in a 3-1 defeat against Loughborough Town. Steve Lycett scored what proved to be little more than a consolation goal.
Anyone interested in joining Warwick Hockey Club should contact Dom Simpson on 07971815761 or visit www.warwickhockey.co.uk.