Results – 21st October
There were some unlucky results for MHHC last weekend…
Men’s 1 won 3-2 at home to Derby 1
Goals: Declan Kavanagh (2) and Tim Chapman
Player of the Match was Declan Kavanagh
“Men’s 1s entertained Derby at home, and putting last weeks opening debacle behind them started the game on the front foot. Several chances were created without Derby really threatening and Harborough eventually went in 2-0 at half time with well taken goals from Declan Kavanagh and Tim Chapman.
Talk at half time was all about keeping calm, continuing to play sensibly and making sure that we scored the next goal. Unfortunately that wasn’t to be, as a controversial penalty corner was awarded and Derby tucked it away. They continued to put the 1s under pressure and were rewarded with a second goal.
Harborough were under the cosh a bit at this stage and it was looking like a defeat was on the cards. Derby seemed to have the bulk of possession, but Harborough were working well on the break. Harborough eventually forced a penalty corner, which the keeper saved, but Declan reacted to the rebound to flick the goal into the back of the net. Final score Harborough 3, Derby 2. Player of the Match was Declan with two goals and an assist.”
Men’s 2 lost 1-5 at home to Sikh Union [Coventry]
Goal: Richard Goswell
Player of the Match was Luke van Diepen
“Men’s 2 ran out at home against Sikh Union [Coventry]. It was an action packed game with a strong start by Harborough playing an exciting passing game. The efforts were rewarded mid way through the first half when Richard Goswell scored the opener from a well rehearsed routine, nudging the ball in at the back post.
The opposition struck back and at half time it was a respectable 1-1. The second half saw a few lapses of defensive cohesion, and Sikh Union managed to score 4 more as the 2s tired and struggled to maintain their formation and work rate. Final score 1-5.
Player of the Match was Luke van Diepen for his tireless running and sliding tackles.”
Men’s 3 lost 0-2 away to Nuneaton
Player of the Match was Jack March
“Harborough’s band of merry men travelled to Nuneaton on Saturday to play on the pitch which some say was used for location shots as Tatooine, in the first Star Wars movie.
The game itself was an evenly matched affair with Nuneaton’s guile being counteracted with Market Harborough’s speed and quick movement. Theo Pemberton and Joe Butler ran tirelessly up-front and brought out a number of good saves from the opposition keeper. At the other end Toby Fletcher and Stephen Parr showed maturity beyond their years.
In the end the game was decided due to mistakes by the older members of the defence and the game finished 2-0 to Nuneaton, but we all agreed that the game of hockey was the winner.”
Women’s 1 lost 1-3 at home to West Bridgford 1
Goal: Hattie Hammond
Player of the Match was Sue Henderson
“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times and it certainly was a tale of two halves for the Ladies 1s. They went into the break 1-0 up after a first half display of flowing movements, tight connections and elegant composure. Building from the back, the team carved opportunity after opportunity until the deadlock was finally broken by Hattie Hammond who capitalised on a ricochet off the keeper after a short corner scramble.
The second half was less capitalising and more capitulation. Market Harborough started to give the ball away far too easily, making silly errors and not being able to link passes together. With the basics broken and the opposition smelling fear it wasn’t long until West Bridgford had put a trilogy of goals past the Harborough team with no reply. The final score was a 1-3 loss despite the home team dominating the opposition D and creating a multitude of chances.”
Women’s 2 lost 0-4 away to Loughborough Town Women’s 2nd
Player of the Match was Vicky Christodoulou
“Getting up at the crack of dawn to travel to a 9am pushback in Loughborough is not the most pleasant way to begin a match, but the 2s were undeterred and began their quest against Loughborough Town 2s in earnest. As the match got underway, the teams were evenly matched with numerous advances into both ends. The battle ensued, drawing blanks for both teams heading into the break.
Harborough were caught on the hop as Loughborough scored almost immediately into the second half. Reinvigorated after the break, the opposition were relentless in their attack forcing Harborough to work hard to stave off the charge. Loughborough were awarded a flurry of short corners which the Harborough defence reliably blocked, but the unremitting opposition got one through. Despite Harborough creating a few breaks into the oppositions half, the Loughborough torrent was too fierce to contain as they scored another two in quick succession in the dying moments of a punishing second half.
Vicky Christodoulou, was awarded Player of the Match for her steady direction and outstanding performance in goal. A learning experience for the 2s, in the face of a determined opposition the team stayed strong. Onwards and upwards!”