18th Nov, 2017

Warwick battle hard to defeat Old Hales

HOCKEY: WARWICK battled hard to defeat Old Hales 4-3 and claim another three points in a tense league game.

Warwick were dominant from the whistle, controlling much of the play in the first half with simple passes and hard defensive work from the whole team.

Despite conceding from a short corner early on, goals from Matthew Leatherdale, Martyn Stickley, Oli Hobbs gave the home side a 3-1 lead to take into the second half.

After the break, Warwick continued with their aggressive play.

Tim Williams-Ellis bagged Warwick’s fourth from a goal-mouth scramble to seemingly put the game beyond the reach of Old Hales.

The visiting side fought back though and with ten minutes to play were one-goal behind.

But Warwick comfortably held on to take all three points, continuing to create numerous chances right up until the final whistle.

Warwick are next in action against table topping Boots on Saturday.

<b>Elsewhere</b> the men’s third team lost 1-0 to Leek.

The game started with both sides enjoying periods of attacking play.

Nick Baker and Luca Martinelli combined well in central defence for Warwick while Thomas English and Ben Richards chipped in with some smart plays on the wing.

Chances came few and far between in the opening half, but Leek made the most of their limited opportunities to score from a short corner just before half time.

An improved performance in the second half from Warwick resulted in no goals though as the game ended 1-0.

Warwick face Loughborough Students on Saturday.

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