FOOTBALL: A TOP six finish was secured for Racing Club Warwick thanks to a 2-0 victory over Heather St John’s in the penultimate game of the Midland League Division One season.
Warwick went into their final home game knowing victory against an in-form Heather would secure their best ever finish in the league since 1989, but they knew they needed to lift their performance after narrowly beating struggling Southam last time out.
The hosts started on the frontfoot with a snapshot from just inside the box flying narrowly wide of the post.
Then a through ball by Jake Brown was intercepted by keeper Ben Allsop whose fumble gave Wade Malley a simple finish for the opening goal.
James Coleman came close to doubling Warwick’s lead but his deflected shot looped onto the crossbar.
Heather had to make some enforced changes due to injuries and only a fantastic piece of defending by the Saints back line prevented Racing from extending their lead.
Brown found himself one-on-one before forcing a save out of keeper Allsop and with the rebound falling to Malley he lashed a shot that was brilliantly saved by a sliding block from Callum Rudd.
Shortly after the re-start Brown dragged a shot wide but the second half was void of too many chances and Racing looked relatively comfortable.
There was however always the chance Heather could spoil the party but the game was put beyond the visitors’ reach six minutes from time.
Instead of going for goal from a free kick, Slevin placed a well weighted through ball into the box between the defenders and Martin Robert-Hutchcox was well placed to finish smartly.
Warwick travel to Leicester road on Saturday in their final game of the season in a guaranteed sixth place which will see them qualify for the FA Cup.