Warwick Fourths six points clear after Harborne stalemate - The Leamington Observer

Warwick Fourths six points clear after Harborne stalemate

Leamington Editorial 24th Feb, 2018   0

WARWICK Men’s 4s sit six points of Central League West Midlands Premier Division leaders Olton & West Warwick following a disappointing 1-1 home draw with Harborne 5s.

Mike Edwards was in goal and yet again put in a good performance which was needed in a very close encounter between two closely matched teams who had a real go at each other.

Warwick got off to an excellent start as Josh Cooper weaved his way through a Harborne defence and then flicked the ball to Luca Cardellino who finished neatly from a tight angle.

Warwick then had several opportunities to get a second but some indifferent decision making lead to Harborne dealing with the attacks.

The visitors then capitalised on those misses by grabbing the equaliser after 20 minutes.

A long hopeful clearance was inadvertently flicked on by a Warwick stick straight into the path of a Harborne forward who got his shot away only to see it hit the post.

But the loose ball wrong-footed the Warwick defence and the Harborne player following up managed to get enough on it to make it 1-1.

The second half was possibly a better display by Warwick but the end product in the final third was not there.

John Sawdon did score from a Dave Astley cross but the ball apparently touched off his foot before he got his stick onto the ball.

As the half progressed, the match became very much end to end with both defences handling the attacks very well.

Nick Herd, Toby Arnold and Nick Anscomb had extremely good matches in the centre of defence while Steve Lycett and Dan Honey-Smith, who on most weeks would be getting forward, were being pegged back by two Harborne wide players who were a constant threat.

The Ladies 1s secured third place in the MRHA Feeder West table with a well-deserved 3-0 victory over North Staffs Ladies.

After a slow start to the season, the team have gradually been finding their feet and creeping up the table.

Following a scrappy first half which saw neither team find the backboard, Warwick slowly began exerting their authority in the second half.

Charlotte Silvester managed to put the ball past the ‘keeper after picking up a rebound.

Player of the match, Emma Miller scored the second goal after a stunning run all the way up the pitch ending with a composed shot on goal from the edge of the ‘d’ to score.

Kirstin Bryce sealed the deal by clearing up a rebound from a short corner, lifting the ball past the defence.

Warwick look forward to hosting bottom-of-the-table Bournville on Saturday.

Meanwhile, the Men’s 5s suffered a 2-1 home defeat to Bromsgrove 4s in the South West One division.

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