WORCESTER secured their second Midland Men's Hockey League Division One win in a row.

They beat third-placed Rugby and East Warwickshire 3-1 at RGS The Grange for only the city side's third league triumph of the season.

Third-from-bottom Worcester started well and Rees Bonham soon struck his fourth goal in three weeks.

Rugby hit back but the home defence held firm and a counter-attack saw Dom Sullivan score a second goal.

Between the work of the defensive unit and saves from keeper Tom Dalton, Worcester maintained their lead by half-time.

Rugby came out strongly in the second half but captain Chris Watling, Alex Milton and Ollie Gardner defended well.

The visitors pulled one back with 15 minutes to go only for Worcester to seal the win with a well-worked short corner from Sullivan.

Rugby threw all they had at the home side in the closing stages but they closed out a deserved win.

Worcester visit Northampton Saints on Saturday.

The women’s firsts finally returned to Midland League Feeder West action after their festive break with a 2-1 home loss to Harborne seconds at Nunnery Wood.

They put the visitors under early pressure and dominated territory, winning a few penalty corners and having shots on goal.

But Worcester paid for not converting when a quick break and deflection left a Harborne player through one-on-one and she slipped the ball past keeper Jaime Lewis.

The hosts regrouped but the visitors were awarded a penalty corner which they struck into the corner.

After a stern half-time talk from coach Tom Howard, Worcester again bossed possession and created chances through Saska Ingham and Emma Gardner.

Harborne were held off by a solid defence and Worcester scored from a well-worked penalty corner that was struck sweetly by Helen Barnes and deflected in by Tash Walker.

But they were left to rue missed opportunities despite promising signs for the future.

Sixth-placed Worcester visit Telford and Wrekin seconds on Saturday.

Worcester men’s seconds drew 1-1 at Market Drayton with Rob Goodman equalising.

The thirds continued their unbeaten run in 2020 with a 2-2 draw against Newtown through a penalty flick from skipper James Quinn and hard-working Billy Forrester Walker's goal.

Worcester fourths won a feisty encounter at West Bromwich 2-1 thanks to James Bullock and Alex McDonald-Smith on his return to the side.

The fifths lost 4-2 to Stourport who have won all their games, scoring through Tom Howard and Adam Ball.

Worcester sixths lost 3-0 at Stourport and the sevenths went down 7-1 at Edgbaston with a consolation from Ollie Betteridge The women’s seconds dominated at Bournville with a 6-0 success through Clare Hayes (3), Joanne Baggs, Libby Wycherley and Lucy Goode.

Worcester thirds impressed against table-topping University of Birmingham but lost 3-1 with Rachel Humphries scoring.

The fourths fell 2-1 to Droitwich Spa with a Bryony Miller strike.

In junior hockey Worcester Potters enjoyed a 10-0 win over Stourport with four goals for Finn Goodman.

The boys' under 12 went undefeated at a tournament in Cheltenham with five straight wins while the girls' under 14s beat Lichfield 5-0.

A busy weekend was rounded off with a 4-3 victory for the men’s masters against the reigning divisional champions of Worcestershire and Warwickshire thanks to Rob Goodman (3) and Brett Pittam.