Results – 18th November
Results from our league matches played last Saturday…
Mixed A won 5-2 away to Kibworth Hospitals
Goals: Noel Burton (2), Jack March, Vanessa Riley & Charlie Schanschieff
“A shortened match last week left the team excited to get back onto the pitch against 5th place Kibworth Hospitals. Although being early, Harborough had a fantastic start, with Liam McLean working well with Jack March on the right wing which led to a fantastic opportunity for Charlie Schanschieff to shoot, however the ball ended up on a defender’s foot and a penalty corner was called. The well practiced routine was expertly performed, with the ball being quickly slapped from the line to Schanschieff who flicked the ball to the left, narrowly missing Vanessa Riley’s stick, what a brilliant start by Mixed A!
This strong start from Harborough seemed to rattle Kibworth Hospitals into shape who replied with some great attacking play down the centre of the pitch. The strong forwards managed to get into the D and got a shot away which unfortunately dribbled into the goal, to the disappointment of GK Jake Wilson, who has been playing fantastic these past few weeks. This early goal did not tamper with Wilson’s performance for the rest of the game with some exceptional saves to keep Harborough in the game. Resident goal scorer Noel Burton stepped onto the pitch and immediately made a fantastic impact with a short corner three minutes after stepping on the pitch. March lined up the ball and pushed hard to the top of the D where Burton played a elegant slip to Skerrett who delivered a great return and Burton hit first time into the back of the goal to level the score.
As usual, Harborough’s defence were on fire, stopping any threat that faced them from the opposing team. There was a great performance by Will Feavyour who made some confident runs and created some great chances. One in particular, was Feavyour running down the right wing and battling past four players, then sending the ball into D and allowing Burton to punish the ball into the back of the goal. Harborough’s forward movement really began to improve after this goal with Burton making some fantastic runs. A beautifully timed pass by Schanschieff found Burton on the edge of D and Burton did what he does best, score. The opposition unfortunately found a gap in Harborough’s strong defensive line up and managed to nab a second goal, despite Wilson’s best efforts.
Half-time came and Mixed A were feeling confident, knowing that a win was on the cards. Harborough played some elegant hockey, with simple passes being pushed across the back, then progressing forwards with the midfield and strikers working together to try and get a fourth goal. The opportunity arose when Burton selflessly passed the ball to March who calmly slotted it over the diving keeper sealing another goal. Mixed A created a number of chances, especially towards the end. With two short corners beforehand, Schanschieff was ready to push out a third. The ball whizzed along the sandy floor to Burton, who slipped to Skerrett, this was launched to Schanschieff on the right post, who had to deflect the ball blindly though his legs and was stopped on the line by a foot. A penalty flick was awarded. Schanschieff stepped up to the plate and readied himself. With one quick motion the ball was flicked into the far right netting and Harborough had sealed the victory, 5-2.
A fantastic team performance against another strong Division 2 side. Well done Mixed A!”
Men’s 1 lost 1-6 away to Atherstone Adders
Goal: Ryan Harrison
Player of the Match wsa Ryan Harrison
“Despite the scoreline this was actually a decent performance for much of the game. Harborough started slowly and conceded fairly early on. Atherstone had most of the early possession and created several chances.
As is often the way when one team is dominant, most 50-50 decisions *seemed* to go against the struggling side, and too many players let this get to them. After a warning we then knuckled down and got on with the game. This was our best period of the match as we gradually started having more possession, created a few chances and then equalised from a well taken Ryan Harrison goal.
I think we conceded again just before half time, but we certainly entered the second half with everything to play for. Unfortunately too many players started to lose heart again, and Atherstone took full advantage to increase their lead. Harborough started to throw players forward in an attempt to recover something from the game, and got caught out by some good counter-attacking moves.
Positives: Atherstone are top of the table and I think are the best side we have faced this season – yet we matched them for a decent part of this game. We are 4th in the table.”
Men’s 2 won 2-1 away to Nuneaton
Goals: Rob Davies & David Littlewood
Player of the Match was Joe Butler
“Another battle royale with Harborough coming out the victors. Raoul Mercer commenced proceedings by banging the drum for the start of our 62 match winning streak!
On the pitch Harborough got stuck into a real scrap, giving as good as they got. After an eventful opening spell where at times we played some good flowing, passing hockey, Nuneaton managed to get on the score sheet first. Then we went straight back down the other end and David Littlewood scored a rasper from the top of the D! Then following a fantastic passing spree from the back through midfield and onto the front line, where Rob Davies slotted the ball in the back of the net. The last 15 minutes was a real back to the wall effort – keeping them out at all costs. The defence standing firm.
The youth of the team were excellent today – making good runs, getting into space, calling and definitely giving as good as they got. Joe Butler coming out the deserved Player of the Match. Now, only 61 games to go!”
Men’s 3 lost 0-11 at home to Chesterfield
“Market Harborough Men’s 3 lost to the top-of-the-league Chesterfield. Both teams played brilliant hockey, there was excellent hockey all round. Harborough’s defence was very good, but we suffered an injury in the last section of the game.”
Women’s 1 lost 0-6 at home to Burton 1
“Women’s 1s knew that they faced a tough challenge against on form top-of-the-league Burton Ladies on Saturday morning. For the majority of the first half Harborough managed to keep the opposition at bay but finally succumbed to the mounting pressure and went into the break 2-0 down.
The second half proved why Burton are top-of-the-league as they pressed forward and found holes in the Harborough midfield and defence. Harborough were visibly frustrated and collected a multitude of cards as a result. Final score was 6-0 to Burton who were the better team on the day. Next week Harborough face Loughborough Students at home.”
Badgers won 3-1 away to Wellingborough
Goals: Owen Arthur (2) & Thomas Ainsworth
“We played against another team this week that we had never won against, and we knew it was going to be our hardest game as Wellingborough always have a strong team. But Market Harborough Badgers yet again won, with 2 goals from Owen Arthur and 1 goal from Thomas Ainsworth.
The whole team had to keep pushing hard throughout the game as Wellingborough would always take advantage if we made a mistake and would soon be in our D; but our Goaly, Jake Partington, saved us on many occasions with some brilliant foot work. By half time the score was 3-1 to us, but we knew that they would be really pushing us after half time. Wellingborough did not let up with their attacking in the second half, but we kept them away from scoring. Well done all.”