RUGBY & North Warwickshire suffered their seventh defeat of the season on the road at North Stafford on Saturday in the Midland Premier Division.
North Staffs is always a tough place to go and poor weather had delayed kick-off. Rugby started off very disciplined and allowed their opponents to have the majority of the possession. The visitors looked to pick up on any mistakes and counter attack with speed and quick balls and this tactic worked with several opportunities to go ahead missed by the forward line.
Rugby thought they had broken the deadlock ten minutes before half-time when Andy Sellers found Oszyjczyk who beat the keeper only for the goal to be disallowed.
North Staffs used this change in fortune to their advantage scoring with a strike from the top right of the D for their first goal.
In the second half Rugby stuck to the plan but Kluth was beaten down the right and the centre forward played a ball past the Rugby keeper to be deflected in.
The confrontation that followed resulted in Thomas getting a red card and with the keeper off Leo Guy took up the kicking back role.
Rugby began to play better hockey but a mistake by the defence gave Staffs their third and final goal of the game to put the result beyond doubt.
From the restart captain Harrison and midfielders Jones and Lakin attacked with pace and the hosts were on the end of some yellow cards themselves for illegally breaking up the play. Towards the end Sam Bevan found veteran Rich Major and then Sellers who won a short corner. The resulting corner was saved as was the rebound taken by Luke Armstrong, and when Oszyjczyk found the net it was again disallowed and the final whistle going a minute later.
Rugby travel to Nottingham Uni next week in their final match before the Christmas break.
The second team also tasted defeat at home to Olton after losing out 3-1, however the third team beat Northampton Sainst 3-2 on the road.
The fourth team also tasted success thanks to a 3-2 win at home to Cannock but the sixth team lost 5-2 at Northampton Saints.
Elsewhere in the ladies section, the first team beat Birmingham University 3-2 in action packed game that saw Nicki Siarbawa score a hat-trick, while the second team draw 1-1 against Edgbaston with Ellen Bucknall scoring and the third team beat Nuneaton 1-0.