THE LADIES were a shining light for Rugby & East Warwickshire in last weekend’s latest round of fixtures.
Well-deserved victories for the ladies’ first, second and third XI’s were in stark contrast to the fortunes of the men, whose only source of a victory came from the Fourths.
Rugby’s first team saw off North Notts in a 3-1 away win to close the gap to the top three in the Midlands Premier Division, thanks to goals from Sarah Naylor, Charlie Woolliscroft and Nicki Siarbawa.
Although the hosts threatened a comeback, a fine defensive effort helped see out a sixth victory of the campaign.
In Division One of the Warwickshire Womens League, the sixth-placed Seconds edged past Khalsa Leamington Thirds 2-1 thanks to a brace from Mary Burton at Princethorpe College.
Rugby & EW goalkeeper Gracie Gerrard had to depart the field due to injury, meaning Katie Caspar had to fulfill an unusual role between the posts for the remainder.
Barford Tigers were mauled on their home turf by the domineering Thirds 4-0 in Division Three.
A physical approach worked wonders and gave Rugby an early lead, courtesy of Nadine Bell’s accurate finish from a short corner.
Evie Scutt (2) and Evie Headland then finished off proceedings in the second half, keeping their side seventh in the table.
Rugby’s Fourths made a good game against the youth and exuberance of Old Silhillians Thirds, before eventually going down 3-1 in their Division Four fixture.
Ruth Gibson provided the sole strike for the hosts, who stay seventh despite an eighth reverse of the campaign.
Worcester withstood the best efforts of Rugby’s first team to win 3-1 in their Midlands Division One clash in the Midland Men’s League.
Rugby were undone by two aerial goals in the opening exchanges but pulled one back through Adam Hewitt to threaten a comeback.
But with a further strike going into the back of the visitors’ net, R&EW lost further ground on leaders University of Nottingham Seconds with a fifth defeat of the campaign.
Liam Brown’s leveller was not enough to spur the Seconds on in their eventual 3-1 loss against Streetly’s first team.
It continued Rugby’s struggles in Division Two, where they currently sit second-bottom on four points, a point better off than Leek Seconds, with both only recording a single win each this term.
Sikh Union’s first team went goal crazy in their 7-2 rout of Rugby Thirds at Bablake School.
After a slow start to the East Midlands Premier fixture, visitors Rugby found themselves several goals behind before reducing the arrears through Will Cooper-Harris and Richard Cook.
Despite their best efforts, the away side fell away as the Coventry side cruised to a comfortable win, leaving Rugby third from bottom.
Rugby’s fourth XI gained revenge of sorts by beating Sikh Union Seconds 3-2 in South East Division One.
David Manning struck twice, following by one for Josh Russell, to edge the closely-fought encounter and keep their side in sixth.
Failure to beat Northampton Saints’ fourth team has benefited Saints Fifths – who extended their lead to eight points over Rugby Fifths in Division Two.
Rugby & EW were held to a 1-1 stalemate against Northampton, despite going in front through an early Bradley Ferris goal from a short corner.
Further chances fell the visitors’ way, but they were unable to find their ruthless streak as ground was lost in the title race.
The club’s sixth XI are now just two points behind their inter-club rivals in third, courtesy of a 3-0 triumph against Coalville Fourths.