24th Jun, 2019

The Racers in the same gear, still speeding towards promotion

Ben Tyler 15th Jan, 2019

RACING Club Warwick firmly kept up their promotion push in Midland Football League Division 1 with a 4-0 drubbing of bottom-of-the-table Littleton on Saturday.

An opening half saw Warwick exert their dominance on proceedings, striking the woodwork several times but failing to open the scoring, with Luke Cole’s effort off the upright, Trea Bertie’s shot clattering the post and Henry Leaver crashing against the bar as close as the visitors could get.

For all of Littleton’s resistance to hold firm in the first-half, it was immediately broken inside a minute of the restart, Cole was taken out by a defender, prompting Ben Mackey to duly thrash home from the spot to get Racing underway at last at Five Acres.

Manager Scott Easterlow was wary of controlling fitness levels and introduced Jack Cresswell, George Curry and Lewis Hayden – all new recruits, into the fray to great effect.

Instantly the substitutions breathed new life into Warwick going forward and within no time it was 2-0, Joe Smith converting from close range whilst Chris Johnston’s header on the rebound via a Mackey shot off the bar meant it was essentially game over after 53 minutes, leaving many to wonder how it had taken so long to build a solid lead.

A free-flowing move saw the ball arrive to Bertie, who played a one-two with Cresswell, receiving inside the penalty area to round the keeper before getting clipped and earning a penalty for Racing.

Mackey made no mistake with a second penalty as Warwick continued to make inroads into adding to the scoreline, Marc Passey’s cross from out wide threatening to provide Mackey with a hat-trick opportunity, which he squandered when keeper Caviezel Cox kept his effort out.

The result means Racing Club sit third in the league on 50 points, six behind leaders Heather St. Johns but with three games in hand on the top two.

Next up for Warwick is a home fixture at Townsend Meadow when Brocton come to town on Saturday (3pm) before another home tie against Hinckley on Tuesday 22nd (7:45pm).

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