FOOTBALL: A FINE run of form in the Midland League Division One came to an abrupt end for Racing Club Warwick after they lost 3-1 at home to Heath Hayes on Saturday.
The afternoon started solemnly as a minute’s silence was observed for former Racing, Leamington and Southam player Neale Perry who had passed away a few days earlier.
Warwick were dealt a blow in the warm up with Buswell injuring his knee and without Brown, Checketts and long term injury to skipper Reynolds as Warwick relied on youth from the bench to their slim squad.
Within just ten seconds gone Racing found themselves behind when from the kick off full-back Phillips ran in unchallenged before coolly lobbing the ball over the advancing keeper from 25 yards out.
Minto, Burke and Delaney were all denied by Caviezel-Cox as Hayes threatened to run riot.
With Racing looking unusually off the pace, Ware scored a spectacular goal on 37 minutes after he cut in from the left and fired into the roof of the net from 30 yards out.
Racing started the second half with all guns blazing but the Hayes defence withstood the early barrage with the assured handling of keeper Mark Wiggins.
Shortly after the hour mark Warwick were awarded a penalty when Malley was pushed over and Smith crashed the ball on the underside of the bar to reduce the deficit.
It was all Racing now and twice Wright was played in and despite good control was unable to level the game up.
With time ebbing away Minton finished Racing off after a Turton back pass was intercepted and he could rounded the keeper to wrap up the points.