RUGBY & East Warwickshire fell to their sixth defeat of the season after losing 5-3 at home to Stourport in the Midland Premier League.
Despite heading into Saturday’s game high in confidence off the back of last week’s away win at Barford, the hosts found themselves with a mountain to climb after falling three goals behind on 20 minutes.
Following a stirring team talk from Coach Leo Guy at half time, Rugby raised their game in the second half and despite conceding a fourth goal managed to score three of their own.
Stu Jones scored his first of the season, while Chris Graham scored a scrappy goal and Szymon Oszyjczyk added to his tally.
But with Rugby pushing for an equaliser in the final five minutes, they conceded a penalty stroke and dreams of a comeback were shattered as Stourport scored a fifth to wrap up a 5-3 win.
There was to be success however for Rugby’s second team who narrowly defeated Edgbaston 3-2 at home to earn their first win of the season.
Rugby found themselves 2-1 down at half-time but managed to come from behind to the win in the final minutes.
It was a scrappy match that saw both Avanish Mistry and Tom Carter impress on their debuts, while Ryan Hibbard produced a man of the match performance.
The club’s fourth team also put in a solid performance to beat Edgbaston 3-1 away to move up to fourth in the table.
The first half ebbed and flowed but Rugby went a goal ahead and in the second half they picked up the standard of hockey but were unlucky to concede through a short corner against the run of play.
That gave more impetus to Rugby’s game, despite the continuing accumulation of debatable green cards, and Rugby closed the game out in the last five minutes win 3-1.
Elsewhere, the sixth team beat Leicester Westleigh 3-2 with Mike Mourant, Johnny and James Harrison getting the goals and the club’s seventh string team drew 2-2 away at Loughborough Town.