Poole party as Warwick end title campaign on a high

Warwick ladies’ 3rds rounded off a successful season when they fought back from 3-1 down to beat Edgbaston 5ths 5-3.

The Warwickshire Division Three champions opened the scoring through Vicky Allison, but quickly found themselves trailing to three quickfire goals.

Becky Howe halved the deficit just before the break, drifting unmarked into the D.

The half-time talk was more forceful than usual, with a clear reminders to the team that they were playing for their pride

After the interval, the pressure on Edgbaston was relentless, resulting in a series of short-corners.

A new set routine featuring the two youngest members of the squad, Alice Reed and Aggie Poole, produced two goals for Poole.

The youngster completed her hat-trick with another cracking shot to make it 5-3 and take to 84 the number of goals scored by the 3rds this season.

Of those, Howe contributed 24, with Allison notching 28.

Next season, the 3rds will come face to face their second team, who finished fifth in Division Two following a final-game defeat against champions Hampton-in-Arden 2nds.

Warwick were 3-0 down at half-time as Hampton underlined the championship quality.

However they rallied after the break to bring it back to 3-2, with Sarah Money deflecting in a Liz Holding short-corner strike and Kirstin Bryce converting after fine play from Kate Linford.

Hampton responded well and produced a well-worked goal to make it 4-2.

Warwick ladies’ 4ths need just a point from their final league fixture to clinch promotion from Division Four after holding nearest rivals Sutton Coldfield 5ths to a 0-0 draw.

Sutton can still clinch the final promotion spot if they win their final three games and Warwick fail to get anything from their trip to Atherstone. However, they would still need to a bridge a massive gap in the respective goal differences if they are to deny Warwick the runners-up spot.

Despite the scoreline, it was an entertaining affair, with Sutton forcing six short-corners early in the second half which brought about some desperate last-ditch defending from the visitors.

Warwick upped the tempo in the closing stages and forced several short corners of their own, with Jess Walley, Lauren Gray and Georgie Ballard all coming within inches of scoring.

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