In their first fixtures since the 2013 calendars were ditched in favour of newer editions, both the 1s and the 2s were unfortunate to come away empty-handed.
Cambridge 5-4 Warwick 1 – Hereford Gauja 8-2 Warwick 1
After a narrow 5-3 defeat against Cambridge first time around, the 1s went into this game looking for revenge, and started the game positively.
Despite the pressure being put on them, it was Cambridge who drew first blood, which set the wheels in motion for a rollercoaster game which, unfortunately, we were always chasing.
It seemed that every time Cambridge were pegged back with an equaliser, they managed to find their way through to re-take the lead. Ultimately, their fifth goal proved to be decisive, as time just ran out on us before we could find a fifth equaliser, despite withdrawing Phil to attack with six outfield players.
There were a lot of positives to be taken from the game, not least the fact that the second two periods were drawn.
There were also a couple of fine goals scored: Rei finished off a well-worked free hit, while Mark finally registered his first point of the season with a solo goal, but sadly it just wasn’t enough to overcome the opposition.
Having not played Hereford before, they were something of an unknown quantity, though we knew we would have to be at our best to beat them.
Once again, we fell just short, and despite matching them in ability and commitment, our profligacy in front of goal cost us once again, as we trailed 4-1 going into the final period.
We then looked to have set up a tense finish when Mark showed that his goals are like London buses, adding another solo effort to bring the score back to 4-2.
However, it wasn’t to be, and we ultimately let slip another few goals in the last few minutes to finish on the receiving end of a somewhat harsh 8-2 defeat.
Goalscorers: Rei 2, Mark 2, David 1, Fredrik 1
Peterborough Falcons 10-1 Warwick 2 – Rhinos 10-3 Warwick 2
Having already caught the end of the Falcons-Rhinos match earlier in the day, the 2s knew they were in for a very stern test against a team who beat them 6-0 last time out.
And so it proved, as we put up a brave fight but could not quite fend off the constant threat posed by the Falcons.
The highlight was the goal which was just reward for the effort we had put in. The biggest surprise was the source, as Aidan added a second, rather scrappy, goal to his burgeoning tally for the season. He remains a little way off the top scorer berth, but give him time!
Rhinos were the opponents for the second fixture, which we approached with a fantastic attitude. As a result, a terrific, resilient start saw us go in 1-0 up at the end of the first period, courtesy of a goal scored by Dennis.
Dennis doubled the lead in the second period, firing the team into a 2-0 lead their spirit had deserved.
Keeping Rhinos at bay is no mean feat, and that was in no small part down to a string of miraculous saves by Rob, making his first appearance in goal for the 2s.
In the end, it proved too good to be true, as Rhinos turned the game on its head to lead 3-2 by the end of the second period.
With ten minutes left in the match, there was still a very competitive game to be played, as Riku’s goal meant the score stood at 4-3.
However, fatigue finally took its toll on a team that left everything in the rink, and a few sloppy mistakes were the result, which gave the final scoreline a considerably more one-sided look than we deserved.
It was nonetheless a valiant effort, and just a little more work in training should see us over the line to start winning some games before the end of the season!
Goalscorers: Dennis 2, Aidan 1, Riku 1