HOCKEY: WARWICK Ladies finished off the first half of their season with a well deserved 2-0 victory at home to Worcester.
From the outset of the game Warwick dominated and set the pace for Worcester, with Helen Farrar and Helen Simpson controlling the game from the middle.
The first goal came in the first half after a reverse stick shot by Amy Mobley deflected off a Worcester stick into the goal for a narrow 1-0 lead at the break.
Worcester came out fighting after the break but they could find no way past a determined home defence with Emily Ingall-Tombs producing a player-of-the-match performance, while Becky Weaver also prevented the visitors from progressing.
Ally Keays worked tirelessly in attack, winning a short which enabled Kirstin Bryce to score using her powerful strike.
Warwick were unlucky not to have scored more with lots of strong attacking play from Lucy McEvoy and Izzy Hurst.
This win provides a positive note for the team to enter the winter break on, as well as seeing them move two places up the league table, putting them in a great position to build upon in February.
In the men’s section, Warwick’s third team produced their best performance of the season so far to beat table toppers Warwick University 2-1.
Warwick scored the opening goal of the match when a strong attack down the left involving Archie Gale saw the play quickly switched across to the right side where Simon Shepherd was waiting, and he drove forward and evaded two tackles before crashing the ball past the keeper.
It remained 1-0 at half-time and has the second period progressed Warwick began soaking up more pressure but Andrew Westrope, Andy Sedgwick, Nick Herd and Matt Walmsley all stood firm.
With 12 minutes remaining Warwick University won a short corner and a fierce shot beat Mike Howard for the equaliser.
But Warwick pulled together again and created several waves of attacks on the break before finding the winning goal.
A cross field hit from Andrew Westrope set Walmsley away down the right and the ball was passed to Henry Curran who set up Simon Shepherd to slip the ball home.
Warwick’s fourth team lost 4-2 against Olton with John Sawdon and Ian Stickels getting on the scoresheet, while the fifth team tasted a heavy 4-1 loss against Coalville, with Dave Bray scoring the only Warwick goal.
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