IT was another busy day for Warwick Hockey Club on Saturday as the men’s first’s, second’s, third’s and fifth sides were all involved in competitive action.
The men’s first team were in triumphant mood at the weekend after they beat Worcester 3-0 for a much needed win. Worcester, sitting bottom of the table, proved a perfect opponent for Warwick to face up against for a boost of confidence, although the two sides cancelled each other out in a scoreless first-half.
Up stepped Ollie Hobbs, who put in a showing that would earn him man-of-the-match, striking the first goal of the game following a tricky run into the Worcester D and finished with a reverse stick strike.
Worcester then began to cave in from the amount of pressure that Warwick applied, and conceded a second to Tim William Ellis, who flicked the ball home after a scramble in Worcester’s area.
Hobbs claimed a second of the game to cap off victory when deflection a hit home from James Barrett’s assist.
The men’s second side had less fortune though against Burton 2nd’s, an away trip seeing two first-half goals, an own goal and a bobble over the keeper, denying Warwick, who applied a great deal of pressure in the second-half but couldn’t find a route back into the game.
Even worse fortune lay ahead for the men’s third side against University of Birmingham 4’s, with the extra pace amongst the student’s ranks playing a key part in their success on the day.
The previous week’s victory against Redditch looked to have had no bearing on the fixture, although arriving late with no time for a full warm-up looked to have had a factor on Warwick.
Despite that, the match was very much balanced, but Warwick conceded twice when Birmingham found the net from two corners in the first-half.
After the break, Birmingham found more momentum, but despite Warwick’s chances from break-away’s, they couldn’t test the opposition goalkeeper.
The hosts were much more adept at getting shots away, and proceeded to extend their lead when firing two fine strikes, alongside two more from scrappy periods of play to finish with a 6-0 scoreline – which would fail to serve Warwick’s performance much justice.
Elsewhere, the men’s fifth side edged a 3-2 victory over league leaders Sutton Coldfield 7’s to end their unbeaten record for the season.
A roller-coaster game would eventually be settled by Martin Reeves – who’s second of the game from a well-struck effort would prove decisive, adding to Killian Ashe’s goal which levelled the scores earlier in the game – his first for the club.