1st Jul, 2022

Back-to-back victories pushed Coventry & North Warwickshire up to sixth

HOCKEY: TWO consecutive wins has pushed Coventry & North Warwickshire up to six place in the Midland League Division Two.

A busy weekend of action saw Coventry host Streetly on Saturday before taking on struggling Leicester.

Streetly had beaten Coventry at their ground in a close encounter but this time round a two-goal lead after eight minutes gave the home side a good start.

Both goals come from the stick of the prolific Dom Bell, with Sam Clarke laying on the first but the second was a result of a superb solo run from the Coventry player.

Streetly pulled a goal back from a short corner shortly but Bell was the provider for Luke Reynolds’ goal as the hosts restored their two-goal lead with 15 minutes gone.

Ben Clarke made a good save at the post from a Streetly short corner and the teams reached the break with Coventry 4-1 ahead thanks to Bell achieving his first half hat-trick.

The lead was reduced within a minute of the restart from another short corner strike by the visitors and they were thwarted by good defending at two further shorts.

Bell made his tally four goals from a corner to restore the three-goal lead but the visitors reacted well and scored again after a brace of corner awards.

With time beginning to run out Bell scored his fifth goal to make the game safe and Streetly’s goal at the end was of little consequence to the 6-4 result.

On Sunday, Coventry took on Leicester who were propping up the table but they proved not to be walkover with their young squad coping well and only losing by the odd goal in five.

Indeed they scored first after converting a short corner five minutes into the match but Coventry responded soon after when that man Bell was on hand to fire home.

The Coventry team worked hard to contain the youngsters with George Hollingsworth and Luke Reynolds catching the eye and the scores remained level until half time the equaliser.

Within ten minutes Coventry were two goals ahead as the inevitable Bell hit an overhead strike in following up on a corner and then Reynolds volleyed home for a 3-1 lead.

After Leicester scored again the slender lead was threatened but the hosts held out revelling in their six point weekend.

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