19th Jan, 2019

Strength up front helps Racing secure three points on opening day

FOOTBALL: RACING Club Warwick scooped maximum points from their first Midland Football League Division One encounter of the season against Brocton on Saturday.

Racing used their fine attacking form to score three times – and while Brocton scored two of their own, Racing proved too strong up front.

It took just four minutes for Racing to take the lead as returning Alex Price put in a cross which met Adam Knight who scored from close range – protests that the ball hadn’t crossed the line were waved off.

Brocton – who were relegated from the region’s Premier Division last season – almost conceded a second when some fine defending prevented Knight scoring a second.

Despite enjoying most of the play, Racing conceded from a freekick which deflected off the wall.

The equalising goal appeared to have a positive effect on Warwick though as some one touch play from Slevin and Taylor saw Knight set up with a chance for Racing to take the lead once more, but his shot went narrowly over the crossbar.

Knight then switched play from the left to Taylor whose flighted ball was knocked down by Church for Knight to control. He turned and struck low into Brocton’s corner to put Racing ahead again.

Warwick’s one goal lead was doubled minutes into the second half when a throw-in was knocked on by Church – leaving Brocton’s defender with no chance but to head into his own goal with Knight sitting behind waiting for a hat-trick.

Another swivel shot from Knight was cleared off the line while Leaver had a chance of his own moments later.

Brocton pulled a goal back on 70 minutes when their centre forward was left free in the box to score into an open net.

Good work at the back from Hutchcox, Blunsom, Carter and Taylor ensured Warwick saw out Brocton’s late push for an equalising goal to pick up all three points.

Warwick are next in action against Paget Rangers on Saturday, August 19. Kick off is at 3pm.

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