HOCKEY: WARWICK claimed another valuable three points as they beat Sikh Union 2-1 following a dominant display which was not reflected in Saturday’s tight scoreline.
A bright opening saw Warwick create plenty of openings with both Stickley and Hobbs coming close before Hobbs found the back of the net with a drag flick.
Despite their possession and dominance, Warwick were unable to add to their tally before the break but it was more of the same after the break as Warwick continued to dominate proceedings.
The second half began as the first had with lots of quick movement and chances being created and Barrett soon doubled the lead with a strong finish.
Warwick pressed with Bryce twice going close but they were unable to add to the lead and despite being pegged back from a short corner, Sikh Union were unable to find another breakthrough.
Elsewhere, a depleted Warwick third string team comfortably beat mid-table Sutton Coldfield 7-2, with John Kane scoring a hat-trick.
Kane scored twice in quick succession to put Warwick 2-0 up but they were pegged back by a Sutton Coldfield side who were very much still in the match at half-time.
Sutton Coldfield started the brighter of the two sides after the break and were back on level terms thanks to a short corner strike, but conceding a second galvanised Warwick into playing some of their best hockey of the match.
An intense pressure period of 20 minutes saw Warwick camped in the attacking half and five more goals wrapped up a comfortable win, with Henry Curren, Alp Shaw, Simon Shepherd and Nick Baker all making big contributions alongside hat-trick hero Kane.
Warwick’s fourth team also recorded an emphatic win after beating Bridgnorth 8-0 but the fifth team lost 2-1 against Loughborough Town with Josh Cooper scoring a fine solo effort.
In the women’s section, Warwick restarted their season by welcoming league leaders Notts Uni to Gallows Hill and they knew they were in for a tough match against a very strong outfit.
Notts took an early lead and although Warwick created several chances in the opposing D, it was the visitors who scored a second with a fine strike from the edge of the area.
After a motivational half time team talk from Andrew Warwick, Warwick knew the importance of the game’s next goal but despite creating several chances, they were unable to find a way past a stubborn Notts defence and a third Notts goal sealed a 3-0 win.
Goals from Vicky Allison and Livvie Ray were not enough for Warwick’s third team after they lost 4-2 against Berkswell & Balsall Common.
The future looks bright for Warwick’s Under-18s after they progressed through to the fourth round of the England Hockey Board Cup.
On Sunday the faced a tough trip to previous winners Cambridge City and the 6-0 defeat was a bit harsh on Warwick, but they can be proud of their attitude and commitment throughout the match, with George Holding producing a player of the match performance in midfield.
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