RUGBY & East Warwickshire and Nottingham University could not be separated in a 5-5 friendly thriller.
Neither side could be separated in the battle of the two first teams, an encounter which Nicki Siarbawa thrived in – scoring a hat-trick – while Kirby Harris and Charlie Woolliscroft also found the back of the net.
It was Rugby’s final warm-up before returning to Midlands Premier Division action away to North Notts on Saturday (11am).
In Division One of the Warwickshire Women’s Hockey League, Rugby’s Seconds were also held in both of their weekend fixtures.
On Saturday, a trip to Sutton Coldfield thirds resulted in a 1-1 draw, followed by Sunday’s 2-2 stalemate at University of Warwick’s first XI.
In the rearranged fixture, Rugby & EW looked set to take all three points after taking a two-goal lead, only to be pegged back by the resurgent students.
Nonetheless, the club’s two-point weekend moves them up to sixth.
The fourth team are also up to sixth after running out 3-1 winners against Sutton Coldfield 7ths.
A dominant team performance led to Anastasia Miller scoring a brace, while Jackie Adlum added another to her tally.
In Midlands Division One in the Midlands Men’s Hockey League, Rugby’s first team edged out Old Halesonians 2-1.
Luke Armstrong’s drag flick, followed by a team goal finished off by Andy Walker, overhauled a first half deficit to continue Rugby’s fine home form this season.
Following Northampton Saints’ 3-2 reverse against Hampton-in-Arden, REWHC have now leapfrogged into third.
The second string’s struggles in Division Two continued following the 4-1 away defeat to Burton.
A closely-fought first half meant Rugby only trailed by a single goal at the break, helping them to draw level through Philip Dickinson’s penalty corner goal.
But, when the equaliser only sought to spur on the hosts, three unanswered goals ensured a comfortable win for Burton. Rugby stay second from bottom.
A 6-1 thrashing away to Ashby firsts condemned Rugby & EW’s third team to a ninth defeat in the East Midlands Premier.
Richard Cook was the sole goalscorer for the visitors, while a strong showing from goalkeeper Matt Westbury helped keep the score down with some expert stops.
Rugby’s third XI stay in tenth place.
The fortunes of the fourth team against Ashby seconds were no better in South East Division One, going down 6-3.
Hosts Rugby were level at the break after Nick Foster and Liam Brown strikes, but fell away from their rivals despite forcing numerous last-ditch blocks from the visitors’ defence.
Leigh Spacey added the other goal for Rugby, who remain sixth.
An inter-club clash between Rugby’s fifth and sixth sides had the scoreline to match the occasion, after an entertaining 3-3 draw in Division Two.
Bradley Ferris, Giles Morrison and Oscar Thornton netted for the fifth XI, while Richard Hardy, Ed Thomas and Charlie Darbyshire scored for the sixth string to ensure the bragging rights were shared.
In consequence of the draw, the picture remains the same with Rugby’s fifth team in second – a place above the club’s sixth XI.
- WARWICK’S fifth team continued their recent run of fine form by rising to eighth in South East Division Three after thrashing Coventry & North Warwick thirds 4-0.
The trip to Coventry University was a fruitful one for the club, as Ben Scares, Josh Davies, Dave Bray and Gareth Brinn shared the goals between them while chipping into the defensive effort to keep a clean sheet.