Warwick time their run to perfection to clinch the title

Warwick Women's 1sts celebrate their Midlands Feeder West title. Picture submitted
Warwick Women's 1sts celebrate their Midlands Feeder West title. Picture submitted

A superb second half to the season saw Warwick Ladies 1sts soar from the depths of the relegation zone to the Feeder League West title.

Warwick went undefeated in their last nine games, clinching the title with a 2-1 win at Lichfield in their final match.

It completed a remarkable turnaround for Warwick and new coach Drew Burkin, who was forced to rebuild the side following the loss of several players to university last summer.

Nerves were clearly in evidence at Lichfield despite Warwick having the better of the first half.

A sublime finish from Martha Hayes and a Kirstin Bryce deflection gave the visitors a two-goal cushion at the break, but Lichfield battled their way back and halved the deficit with a short-corner strike.

The goal made for a fraught final ten minutes but Warwick held on to secure their elevation to Midlands Division Two, their first appearance in the Midlands League since the 2004/2005 season.

Rebekah Weaver picked up the player-of-the-match award.

Warwick’s men continued their excellent run of form with a 4-3 success at Sikh Union Nottingham handing them their fourth successive West Midlands Division Two victory.

Sikh Union went into the match with hopes of pipping Loughborough Town to the title but Warwick raced into a three-goal lead courtesy of a Martyn Stickley brace and a penalty flick from Nick Baker following a foul on Olly Hobbs.

Baker cleared off the line before Sikh Union pulled two goals back as Warwick lost focus.

Stickley completed his hat-trick to give Warwick vital breathing space, but the Sikh Union brought it back to 4-3 with a deflected goal.

However, with man-of-the- match James Barrett impressing, Warwick held on to secure the three points and hand the title to Loughborough.