RACING Club Warwick opened their Midland League Division One campaign with an encouraging 1-1 draw at home to Bolehall Swifts.
A positive pre-season saw Warwick head into Saturday’s match in good spirits and Jamie Smith was looking lively early on, racing down the right and shooting straight at the visiting goalkeeper.
Toby Checketts had a powerful header turned round from a corner but it was Bolehall who had the clearest of the early chances.
Kyle Turner raced through but dragged his shot wide before David Yonwin hit the post from ten yards after almost having too much time to hit the target.
Just as it looked like Bolehall would take first blood, Wade Malley should of scored when he hesitated and allowed the keeper to smother before Smith broke the deadlock on 31 minutes when he got away from the last man and fired in a low hard shot across the keeper.
Things got decidedly worse two minutes later for the visitors when the Bolehall keeper handled outside the box and was rightly dismissed despite some very over zealous protests.
Despite continuing to create chances with their one man advantage, the home side failed to another goal to put the result beyond doubt.
Both Malley and Smith hit the side netting and substitute Mackenzie should have done better after brilliant run down the left saw him beat three men but he failed to hit the target.
Warwick’s shot stopper Caviezel-Cox produced a fine stop from a Scott Goodby header and with the substitute keeper Obi coming up for a last minute corner to help rescue a point, Tom Starkey glanced a shot in from the corner to give Bolehall a deserved point in injury time.