FOOTBALL: LOCAL bragging rights belong to Racing Club Warwick after they beat rivals Southam United 2-1 to take a step closer to earning a place in the FA Cup next season.
After a 15-0 record thumping on Boxing Day, Warwick knew Saturday’s clash was not going to be as easy and with an FA cup place still up for grabs, the visitors made extremely hard work of the task in hand.
It started well for Warwick when Coleman did well down the left and put in a fabulous cross that Malley guided delightfully with his head to make it 1-0 after 11 minutes.
Brown could of made it two just minutes later but the home keeper was alert to make a smart save before Southam equalised on 17 minutes when Turton headed home unmarked as both sides went in level at the break.
Warwick were quick out of the blocks after the break and came close to re-taking the lead again when Brown struck the post from close range.
Another fine cross by Coleman led to Nwuso seeing his close range effort saved before Malley then raced clean through on goal but he put his shot wide of the target.
Nwuso then fired a shot at straight at the keeper and when Malley was denied with another fine save it looked like the three points were never going to come.
But Warwick skipper Reynolds was upended in the box and Slevin stepped up to fire the ball high to the keeper’s right and the relief was evident. Malley had a super effort wonderfully tipped onto the bar and Harbon made good ground before firing over but it remained 2-1 at the full-time whistle.
Racing will need an improvement on Saturday against Heather as they look to garner the points to take them to an FA cup place.