28th Oct, 2016

Warwick hit Stone for six to maintain winning start

Steve Carpenter 9th Oct, 2016 Updated: 7 hours ago

IT WAS another winning weekend for Warwick after they thumped six goals past Stone in a 6-3 victory to move up to third in the Midland League Division One table.

Warwick knew they had to start the game quickly and despite a good warm up, an early lapse in concentration saw Warwick fall behind to a sloppy goal.

This however stirred the visitors into life as they reverted to their short, sharp passing style and were soon level after a Bryce scored with a drag flick from their first short corner.

The lead was soon extended by a superbly taken chance from Stickley into the far corner before man-of-the-match Ollie Hobbs got Warwick’s third.

The visitors continued to dominate the first half and they went 4-1 up when Ollie Hobbs scored a spectacular reverse stick shot that flew into the top corner.

Stickley’s second of the game put Warwick comfortably in front before Stone came back with two quick goals to make it more of a contest.

But any hopes of a possible comeback were dashed when Clarke set up Foster for Warwick’s sixth and final goal of the game.

Warwick’ second team were looking to build on last week’s victory and they did just that by drawing 1-1 against Harborne.

A free flowing attacking game plan looked to have paid off when Warwick went ahead on 15 minutes thanks to a powerful drag flick by Kane.

Harborne responded with a period of sustained pressure which Warwick did well to resist and MacDonald pulled off a series of fine saved, while Euridge made a superb clearance off the line as it remained 1-0 at half-time.

Chances went begging for Warwick to double their lead and Harborne made them pay by bagging an equaliser against the run of play to take a share of the points.

Two horror mistakes led Warwick’s third team stumbling to a 5-2 defeat against Barford Tigers.

Warwick had a mountain to climb being 3-0 down at half-time as they struggled to find their pass and fluidity but after the break a change of formation resulted in an end-to-end encounter as goalscoring chances came for both sides.

Barford scored twice midway into the second half but Warwick responded with a first goal for Wez Payne from a smart pass from debutant Archie Gale and Emlyn Evans scored what proved to be a late consolation after lifting the ball over the advancing keeper.

There was better news for the fourth team who beat Barford Tigers 3-1 and the fourth team got their league campaign off to a positive start following a scrappy 3-1 victory over Barford Tigers.

The winning feeling filtered down to Warwick’s fifth string team who bounced back from last week’s 6-2 defeat by beating Leicester Westleigh by the same scoreline.

Josh Cooper bagged a hat-trick and Claudio Cardellino, Dave Ruddock and Will Astley also got on the scoresheet, while Mike Edwards in goal and two new youngsters Freddie Quelch and Ben Richards also produced impressive performances.

Anyone interested in joining Warwick should contact Dom Simpson on 07971 815761 or visit www.warwickhockey.co.uk.