Results – 14th October
Last Saturday MHHC were out in force, resulting in a mixture of scorelines across the teams…
Mixed A won 4-0 away to Syston Town
Goals: Peter Skerrett (2), Noel Burton & Stephen Parr
“On Saturday, Market Harborough Mixed A travelled away to Soar Valley Leisure Centre to take on Syston Town – a former rival in Division 3 that gained promotion when the leagues folded. After two hard fought losses, the team were hungry for a win … to get back to their winning ways.
As the opposition turned out with a lot of new and inexperienced players a win seemed likely, but we weren’t to be fooled as we know only too well it’s easy to lose when you let your guard down. Mixed A took to the pitch knowing who to cover and played a sensational game of hockey; mainly untouched other than a few breaks by the home side through the midfield when we were on an attacking press with tired legs.
The tag team of Jack March and sister Imogen March with Abigail Reeves down the right was faultless, with play moving seamlessly from midfielder Peter Skerrett and forward Noel Burton to the wings and back, creating plenty of chances in the D. The first goal came from a well together 1-2 passing routine at the top of the D, with Noel Burton finding the back of the net on his final strike. Peter Skerret added to the goal tally on two occasions, taking on the defensive line and sliding the first goal past the keeper, with the second collected on the rebound with a reverse shot on goal taking everyone by surprise. A flick awarded, as a result of a blatant stop of the ball by a defender with his feet, went just wide of the goal as it brushed past the right post. The final goal of the match came from defender Stephen Parr as he took advantage of a gap in Syston’s midfield, slid the ball wide to the perfectly positioned Jack March, who crossed it back across the D, which Parr was then able to smash home to finish the game 4-0!
The opposition barely got a look in all match as we moved off the ball, created space and generally caused havoc and disarray amongst their ranks. Their only opportunities were promptly stopped by the solid Harborough defence, with Peter March clearing the ball wide after a shuffle just on our goal line. A thoroughly deserved result proving just why we are a Division 2 side.
Keep it up team!”
Men’s 1 lost 2-4 away to South Nottingham
Goals: Tom Williams & Ben Langdown
Player of the Match was Tom Williams
“On Saturday, Harborough Men’s 1 travelled to take on South Nottingham at Bingham. Chris Hall was thrown in the deep end by playing his first ever match of hockey in goal. The rest of the team did not aid Chris in the first 20 minutes with their poor marking as South Nottingham raced into a 3-0 lead. After a stop in play, Harborough rearranged and created several clear chances, eventually scoring from a well worked penalty corner routine.
The second half continued in the same manner with Harborough creating numerous chances and finally netting to bring the score back to 3-2. South Nottingham were starting to get a bit rattled, and it looked like a great comeback was complete when Harborough were caught on the break and the home team managed to score a 4th. Final score was South Nottingham 4, Market Harborough 2.”
Men’s 2 lost 2-8 away to Atherstone Adders
Goals: Richard Goswell & Dave Littlewood
Player of the Match was Jason Perry
“Men’s 2 went away to Atherstone this weekend. Despite only having ten players, we set up strong and saw some heroics from Jason Perry in goal. We took the usual approach of giving the opposition a goal head start, before a nudge in at the back post (followed by another Atherstone goal) meant we were 2-1 down at half time.
The second half was somewhat more challenging, with a few goals sliding in as we got tired, despite a promising goal from Richard Goswell to open his account for the season. Strong performances from our younger contingent of Max Shortland, Ben Morgan Williams and Joe Butler. Matt Cook also did really well, giving as good as he got against a fairly physical side.
Good game, final score 8-2 with plenty of action, and thanks to Luke van Diepen and Richard Goswell who both had stints as sweeper. Player of the Match went to Jason Perry for a great effort standing between the posts.”
Women’s 1 won 2-1 away to Nuneaton Ladies 1
Goals: Charlotte Butler & Hattie Hammond
Player of the Match was Ady Kendall
“Stepping out onto the newly promoted Nuneaton Ladies’s pitch Market Harborough Women’s 1s could tell that they were in for a tough match. The ball struggled to travel very far on the layer of sand lying on top of the surface and Harborough were without three of their usual defensive players. This proved a little too much to contend with as the away team found themselves 1-0 down within the first 4 minutes.
Nuneaton never looked like scoring all match so they were helped to their lead by a kind deflection of a defensive stick. Harborough made most of their own trouble throughout the match by failing to do the simple things right and giving the ball away to a red shirt far too often. Ady Kendall earned herself Player of the Match by dealing with so much pressure and keeping calm in defence. She managed to rally the backline and the ball soon found itself moving forward. Harborough were awarded a short corner from which Charlotte Butler added to her growing goal count by finishing from a deflection off the keeper from a Charlotte Smith shot. The teams went into the break all level.
Nuneaton came out after the half time team talks seemingly determined to rattle the Harborough side. There was no way Harborough were going to let them be victorious in employing these tactics and what better way to silence the opposition than through the absolute goal of the season thus far? Hattie Hammond got her first goal of the season in spectacular style when she finished a high cross at the back post on the jump. Harborough were then where they should have been all game. In front. They managed to stay there until the final whistle thanks to some back to the wall defending and pure grit from everyone involved.
It wasn’t pretty, but another 3 points to add to the total which sees the Harborough team move 2 places up the league table.”
Women’s 2 won 5-2 away to Roundhill Women’s 1
Goals: Caroline Dow, Abbie Wilson, Niamh Arthur, Milly Docherty & Jane Herridge
Player of the Match was Milly Docherty
“The Women’s 2s continue their run for the top this week, with a win against Roundhill. Within five minutes, a goal was in hand. Caroline Dow ran the ball down the line, striking it from the edge of the D into the net. The ladies continued to pile the pressure on high, keeping the ball in the opposition’s half. Harborough passed well, with some lovely interplay between the attackers, and a deflection past the keeper by Abbie Wilson adding another goal to the scorecard. Possesion remained near their circle, and soon after Niamh Arthur shot from the top of the circle, hitting the ball wide of the keeper onto the backboard.
Roundhill began to make leads, and the Harborough Ladies conceded one. They fought back, however, and a series of passes starting from the defence, gave Milly Docherty the opportunity to deflect the ball in from the post. This team goal marked the end of the half.
During the second half, both teams had multiple shots and held the ball in the middle. Roundhill failed to use a succession of short corners that they recieved, and Harborough missed many chances. With five minutes to go, Roundhill managed to score. Harborough then used the remaining time to push high, and after successful high pressure on a hit out, Sophie Millett slapped the ball to Jane Herridge, who hit the ball into the goal. The game ended with a 5-2 victory.
The Women’s 2s had some great passing. Player of the Match as given to Milly Docherty for her movement on and off the ball.”
Women’s 3 lost 0-6 at home to Lutterworth Ladies 1
Player of the Match was Sally Gambles
“On Sat morning, in the unseasonable blazing sun, MH Women’s 3 took on local opposition Lutterworth Ladies. Without a few of the usual team, for the second week in a row the 3s welcomed a debutante and an extra Badger on board.
Despite working hard from the beginning, from the defence forward, the team was devastated to give away 3 goals to the oppo in pretty quick succession. Managing the runs through the centre that this young, fit Lutterworth team were putting together was proving difficult and too many times Lutterworth were simply quicker to the ball than Harbs 3s. Despite some short spells of decent attacking play, with one dribbling run by Emily Williams worth a particular mention, it was not coming together for the 3s.
The best period came towards the end when, even though tiredness was creeping in, the Harborough side spent some time in the opposition’s D and managed to create a few chances. Unfortunately, none of the chances were quite converted to goals and by the time the whistle blew Harborough had conceded a 0-6 defeat.
The whole team worked tirelessly throughout but had perhaps left their best ‘game-faces’ at home. It is hoped that the next match, can be approached from the start the way this one was ended: with determination and drive. Player of the Match was Sally Gambles for her commanding and skilful presence in defence.”