LEAMINGTON Ladies’ 1st XI continued their quest for league and cup glory with two more wins last weekend.
Leamington came through their toughest test of the season so far on Saturday by ending Birmingham University’s unbeaten record to chalk up an eighth successive win in a top of the table Midlands Division One contest.
Two goals from Kerry Luckett and a strike from Lucy Miszkowska gave them a 3-1 victory and maintained their 100 per cent league record. They now lie eight points clear in top spot.
Just 24 hours later, the 1st XI progressed into the third round of the Investec Women’s Hockey Trophy, where Leamington comfortable won 6-3 away at Edgbaston.
It was also a winning weekend for the ladies’ 2nd XI, who secured a narrow 2-1 victory over local rivals Coventry and North Warwickshire.
Leamington started brightly and took the lead through Sarah Jenkins, only for their opponents to draw level before half-time from a smart penalty corner move.
However, Leamington kept plugging away and eventually regained the lead with a clever penalty corner routine of their own – Sarah Gambling applying the scoring touch.
Leamington’s 5th XI were also in winning form, with two goals from Esther Taylor and one each from Laura Baskerville, Alice Commader and Meera Joshi securing a 5-0 victory against Warwick University.
The ladies’ 3rd XI worked hard for a 1-1 draw with Edgbaston, thanks to a goal from Sophie Lilly, while the 4th XI’s tough season continued, going down 4-0 away to Solihull Blossomfield.
In the men’s section, Leamington’s 1st XI moved to within a point of the top of the West Midlands Division One with an impressive 7-1 win at home to Barlaston.
A hat-trick each from Dan Jones and David Waby, plus a goal from Louis Loach, secured the win.
It was not such good news for the other men’s teams; the 2nd XI lost 8-0 away to Ashby and the 3rd XI went down 4-0 at home to Finchfield.