Results – 23rd September
Our Mixed and Women’s teams started the new season on Saturday, with lots of action and plenty of goals…
MH Women’s 2 won 9-0 at home to MH Women’s 3
Goals: Charlotte Butler (4), Sarah Hornbuckle (3), Niamh Arthur and Abbie Wilson. Sarah Hornbuckle was Player of the Match for the 2s, and GK Beth Pedler for the 3s.
From the 2s:
“The start of the new season and the Women’s 2s are raring to go. It is unfortunate to be up against our friends in the 3s in a league match, but it’s good to get it out of the way!
From the off, the whole team worked together to push the result towards the 2s. There was no stopping the combined force of forwards Sarah Hornbuckle and Charlotte Butler, who were both determined to make an impact. The 3s didn’t get on the scoresheet, but their game play was well-worked and they made the 2s work hard.”
From the 3s:
“MH Women’s 3 vs MH Women’s 2 was not the game many wanted to start to the season with. It’s a charged game with only one expected outcome and it is, if we’re honest, a tad awkward!
Everyone on the pitch (and the large numbers on the sidelines!) committed themselves to giving 100% effort. The 2s were on the attack from the off and, despite gargantuan efforts, the 3s defence found it nigh-on impossible to manage the attacking force of Charlotte Butler and Sarah Hornbuckle.
Time and time again, the 3s worked hard to re-group and there were many moments of lovely, attacking play. Once again our youngsters (Ellie, Livvy, Faith, Grace and Helen) did themselves proud and support for the forwards from Kerry Moralee, Natasha Adams and Emily Williams was invaluable. Sarah Ward was even allowed to sneak past the half-way line this week and did really well attacking down the left.
Overall, a difficult game but, despite what the score would suggest, lots of positives for the 3s. Special mention must go to GK Beth Pedler, who was totally shamaze, and was voted Player of the Match by both teams.”
Mixed A won 3-0 away to Loughborough Carillon Kestrels
Goals: Vanessa Riley, Noal Burton and Charlie Schanschieff.
“This week saw our initial foray into new territory … Division 2. First up was Loughborough Carillon Kestrels who like to play good old fashioned field hockey, even on astro. This suited us fine as it made them predictable having played against them two seasons ago in what can only be described as apocalyptic weather that resulted in a promising win. With a few new faces and a penchant for being asleep for the opening minutes of our early games, we were apprehensive about the match ahead. There was no need.
With newly signed Jake Wilson in goal saving three consecutive shots bang on target from a break the opposition made, and Will Feavyour debuting in Centre Back intercepting and clearing each ball high into the midfield each time, our defensive line up was on fire! This allowed the midfield to push up (leaving us slightly exposed at times I’ll admit) and create multiple opportunities on goal.
The first goal of this season came from the one and only Vanessa Riley who was perfectly positioned on the left post as always, chipping a cross straight behind the unsuspecting keeper. The next came from reliable striker Noel Burton. Keen to get a jump start on his accolade of Highest Goal Scorer both in MHHC and the Mixed League as a whole, he put away a powerful shot picking up a rebound in front of the oppositions defence. The last goal was driven home by Charlie Schanschieff to make it a 3-0 win for MHA! The Kestrels barely got a look in. An absolutely fantastic start to the season, with game-play more like we’d expect to see a good few matches in! Bring on the next one I say!”
Women’s 1 lost 2-3 away to Loughborough Students 3
Goals: Abigail Reeves and Liane Brookin. Abigail Reeves was Player of the Match.
“The opening game of the new campaign for the Women’s 1s started at Loughborough University against their 3s. After soaking up a magnitude of 1st half pressure the newly formed women’s squad took the lead through Abigail Reeves. Finding herself as far from her own defensive D as she could, Reeves slotted home a perfectly timed ricochet from an Ellie Hand shot which rebounded off the keeper. Nobody was as surprised or as elated as Reeves who was thoroughly shocked to be scoring on her debut. Reeves went on to put in a solid performance in defence earning her the accolade of Player of the Match. Not bad work for a 15-year-old on her 1st team debut.
Loughborough have never been a team to sit back and accept defeat though and they equalised before half time with a well worked move down the right and a tidy shot past the Harborough defence. They took the lead soon after the break leaving the visitors with work to do. Harborough battled hard against the Loughborough team. Nevertheless Harborough equalised with a rocket of a shot from a short corner. Stalwart of the team Liane Brookin powered the ball over the line with a beautiful straight strike. It was all level until 30 seconds from the end of the match when Loughborough managed to get the ball over the line from what must have been their 30th short corner. A disappointing and frustrating opening match but Market Harborough left with their pride in tact and a plan for the future.”