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Rugby & East Warwickshire remain in relegation fight

Rugby Editorial 27th Jan, 2016 Updated: 27th Oct, 2016   0

A BUSY weekend of action saw Rugby & East Warwickshire claim just one point from two matches in the Midland Premier Division.

In their first match of a double header on Saturday, Rugby were held to a 1-1 draw by fellow strugglers Barford Rangers.

Szymon Oszyjczyk got the only Rugby goal but neither side could find what would have been a valuable winner.

On Sunday, Rugby were back in action again as they hosted title contenders Khalsa but they slipped to a 3-1 defeat.

Rugby had chances to take a 2-0 lead before Oszyjczyk scored his second goal of the weekend to fire the hosts in front.

But Khalsa proved why they are flying high at the opposite end of the table and took a 3-1 lead thanks to goals from Ben Scott, Jo Colantonio and Jack Wells.

A goaless second half was evidence of improvement and endeavour by Rugby and they will need to carry on showing that kind of fighting spirit as they look to rise from second bottom in the league.

There was better news for the men’s second team who picked up three points against strugglers Belper thanks to a 3-1 win.

It can be difficult not to lower your performance when playing lesser teams but Rugby managed to see the game with Sam Baker putting in a man-of-the-match performance.

The third team tasted a heavy 8-2 defeat against Birmingham University with Nick Foster and Gareth Unett getting the goals but Birmingham proved to be too clinical in front of goal.

The men’s fourth team also found themselves on the wrong end of a large scoreline after going down 9-1 against Loughborough Students.

It took the students 20 minutes to score thanks to excellent defending from Rugby but once the deadlock was broken Rugby struggled to keep their opponents at bay, especially in the second period.

The students led 2-0 at half-time but took their performance up a gear while Rugby’s 12 players increasingly tired. Matt Rush managed to get the goal his performance deserved with an excellent one-on-one finished but it proved to be no more than a consolation.

There was to be no joy for the sixth team who lost 5-3 to Hampton and the seventh team narrowly lost out 2-1 against Northampton Saints.

In the ladies section, the only team in action over the weekend was the third team who lost out to Atherstone 1-0.

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