Results – 11/12th November
Men’s 1 won 5-2 at home to Mansfield
Goals: Nick Hall (2), Ben Langdown (2) & Tim Chapman
“Market Harborough Men’s 1st Team were looking to extend their winning streak at the lunchtime push-back vs Mansfield at home. Mansfield came out of the blocks very quickly and for the first five minutes looked a very good side but after Harborough settled, they began to take control of the game. Some good play earned a short corner fairly early on, Tim Chapman hit from the top of the D, deceiving the keeper with a bobbling ball, resulting in a parry to Ben Langdown, who calmly finished to take harborough 1-0 up!
Harborough continued to control the game and after a very well-worked, 1-2 routine from a short corner between Tim Chapman and Tom Whitehouse, Chapman slotted home to give harborough a 2-0 lead. Harborough’s defence wasn’t having the greatest of days and after a ‘clearance’ from a short corner found a white shirt in the D, Mansfield brought it back to 2-1.
High pressure from Harborough resulted in a turnover around the opposition box, Tom Williams hit the ball goalbound, and a deflection inches away from the goal line at the the back post from Nick Hall put Harborough 3-1 up. With continued pressure and excellent attacking play, a ball came loose on the edge of the D, where Ben Langdown pounced, crashing it in to the net. The keeper stood no chance. Inbetween Harborough’s two goals, Mansfield scored from another short corner. 4-2 was the half-time score.
Harborough came out positive in the second half, and took control straight from the whistle. Mansfield tried to play a higher line and had a few chances, which were dealt with well at the back. Harborough continued to attack well but couldn’t quite find the finishing touch until another excellent effort from Williams, beat the keeper and ricocheted off the post to Hall, who reacted quickly to nudge it in – again from just inches away. With Mansfield looking deflated, Harborough had a few more chances, but couldn’t convert. The Full-Time score was MHHC 5 – Mansfield 2.”
Men’s 2 lost 2-3 at home to Derby 2
Goals: Krish Jasinarachchi (2)
Player of the Match was Luke van Diepen
Women’s 1 lost 0-1 away to Derby 1
Player of the Match was Jaime Allison
“Another trip north for the Women’s 1s saw them travel to Derby in what turned out to be a tightly contested game. Both teams struggled to get control of the ball early on with chances at both ends. A spell of pressure from Derby led to several quick fire short corners which were well defended by a solid Harborough back line.
With two minutes to go before half time, Derby broke into the D only to be denied by a fantastic save from GK Jamie Allison who lept like a salmon to clear the ball off the line to stop a near certain goal.
After making it into the half level pegging Harborough pushed on after the break and had the ball in the back of the net only to be denied by some questionable umpiring. The frustration was compounded moments later when Derby converted from a short corner to make it 1-0.
The rest of the half was all Harborough with the pressure building on the Derby defence. Unfortunately time was against Harborough with the final whistle blowing before they could capitalise. A battling performance from Harborough ladies who leave battered and bruised but with their chins held high.”
Women’s 2 drew 1-1 at home to Leicester Ladies 5s
Goal: Sarah Hornbuckle
Player of the Match was Tracy James
“Women’s 2 entertained neighbouring side Leicester Ladies 5s on Saturday. The 2s always enjoy Leicester matches, and with only goal-difference between the teams in the league table, the match proved to be a great one with plenty of sizzling hockey on display.
The match was so even that neither team got near the goals, most of the action played out in the middleground as the ball flew from one side to another. Harborough finally broke the stalemate with a goal late into the first half. Liane Brookin and Tracy James worked the ball through the middle, out-letting to Caroline Dow who ran it down the right, to pass to Sarah Hornbuckle who fired it home.
Ten minutes into the second half a slight slip in concentration saw Leicester score a scrappy goal from a short corner. The gridlock continued, Harborough had a number of chances that they were unable to convert thanks to the prowess of the Leicester goalkeeper. The match ended as a 1-1 draw and both teams thoroughly enjoyed the battle.
Player of the Match was Tracy James for her steering work in midfield.”
Women’s 3 lost 0-13 away to Loughborough Town Women’s 2nd
Player of the Match was Amy Evans
“Well, ”may hockey be the winner” has been oft quoted but never has it been a more appropriate pre-match mantra than Saturday, when Women’s 3 met Loughborough Town Women’s 2nd at Loughborough Uni. It was a top of the table – bottom of the table clash and, to be honest, it felt it. Hemmed in our half for much of the match, the main highlights of our play include heroic defending, fantastic goalkeeping and much ‘getting back’ by most of the rest of the team.
Amy Evans was beyond incredible leading the defence, displaying immense timing in her tackles and eventually, deservedly being voted Player of the Match. There were three other nominees, including GK Beth Pedler and another one of our youngsters, Grace Howe. The team showed incredible spirit, tenacity and grit but it did feel like we were literally playing the whole of Loughborough, so plentiful were their subs.
In the end, if we’re honest, there was actually more than one winner in this match. ”Hockey” was indeed one of them. The other winner (in a less important way, of-course) was Loughborough Town’s Women’s second team… By 13 goals to 0… But it was, actually quite good fun. Honestly!”
Mixed A at home to Rutland Oaks: Abandonded, result tbc
Match abandoned due to injury
“A positive Mixed A Team met on a cold November morning to take on another competitive Division 2 side, Rutland Oaks. With a strong performance last week, they were excited to carry on this run of form at home with a bundle of supporters.
Harborough started strong, with quick and smooth passing down the wing with Peter Skerrett, Jack March and Noel Burton working well and finding each other’s sticks. An early break from March down the right wing, led to the ball being forced across the D where Maisie Regan’s stick was millimetres from the ball, demonstrating that Harborough were continuing their fine performance from the previous weekend. However this form did not just stay with the forwards, the sturdy defence were pulling out some fantastic tackling. Mentions must go to Stephen Parr who kept out some strong attacking moves, especially in the first half.
As the first half went on, Harborough struggled to get the ball up towards the half way line and subsequently spent the majority of the half in their own. Chances came on the break, with their regular star duo Burton and Skerrett creating an elegant move down the centre of the pitch where Burton smashed it first time, launching the ball into the back of the net for a great counter attack goal. With motivation and new energy gained from the opening goal, Harborough found themselves once again in Rutland’s D, this time for a short corner. The call was made, and the ball was flown out by Schanschieff to the top of the D. Burton slipped right to Skerrett, who smashed it to the corner where Schanschieff swept hard, but finding a foot on the way in, Harborough was given a penalty flick. Burton stepped up to the plate but unfortunately found the Keeper after flicking it hard down the middle. The whistle blew for half time and they knew they were in for a difficult second half.
Harborough fell back into their starting formation and began to play hard from the whistle. The defence worked extremely well together, blocking attacks from the strong Rutland midfield. There were a number of short corners against Harborough at the start of the second half where GK Jake Wilson performed some spectacular saves, keeping Harborough in the game and with the one goal lead. With fantastic skill, Parr passed a great ball to March who used his pace to steam down the right wing and with a firm hit into Phillip Powell, the ball was spectacularly finished into the centre of the goal for a 2-0 lead.
Unfortunately after this great move, one of Mixed A’s players had a nasty fall and had to seek medical attention. The game was abandoned in Harborough’s favour, and with only 13 minutes left, they were deemed the victors of this fiercely competed game (still to be confirmed officially at the time of writing).”
Badgers won 6-0 at home to Long Buckby
Goals: Cian Kirke (3), Thomas Parry (2) & Harry Wilford
“Another great game from Market Harborough Badgers! We had a hattrick from Cian Kirke, two goals from Thomas Parry and one from Harry Wilford.
Long Buckby gave us a good game, but we kept our shape all the way through, which payed off. Thanks to Imogen March for being our goaly this week who did a great job, stopping the few shots Long Buckby managed to get. Well done Luke Reeves, who played his first game for Badgers and did really well in defence.”
Men’s 1 beat Tamworth 4-3 at home, in the second round of the England Hockey National Vase
Goals: Jon Cooper (2), Tom Bradshaw & Ryan Harrison
Player of the Match was Jon Cooper
“What can I say, what could I possibly add other than with 10 mins to go we were losing and then at the final whistle we were winning. Jon Cooper made tackles and had time to amble forward a score two goals. Rightly awarded man of the match.
A great game to watch. From 3-1 down to a 4-3 win. Heads never went down. Everyone kept fighting and getting ahead of the ball. The passing was the strength in the team and everyone working off the ball for each other.”
Our juniors hosted an U8/U10s tournament for visiting teams from Kettering and Long Buckby, lots of fun was had and plenty of goals were scored!
“There were enough keen U10s to have two MHHC teams on Sunday. It took a little time for them to get into the swing of using the space, however, in both groups there was some cracking teamwork and some excellent individual skill on display.
The more these youngsters can train and play together, the more experience they’ll gain of purposeful passing and movement off the ball. The club can afford to be excited about what this group of players will be able to do in the future. Great fun!”