Results – 25/26th November
Results from our league and competition matches last weekend..
Men’s 1 won 3-2 at home to Tamworth
Goals: Tom Whitehouse (2) & Nick Hall
Player of the Match was Tom Whitehouse
Men’s 2 lost 0-8 at home to North Notts
Player of the Match was Max Shortland
“The Men’s 2 entertained league leaders North Notts in a feisty game at Welland Park. Despite coming close several times, with some great play and performances from the younger players, they were unfortunate to lose 8-0.
Special mention goes to Max Shortland, who despite not being the tallest player on the pitch really stood up for a great man of the match performance at left wing back.”
Women’s 3 lost 1-2 at home to Ashby Ladies 3s
Goal: Ruth Lewis
“Well, it was Baltic but Harborough came out of the blocks like a prize-winning greyhound on steroids. It was textbook. Solid defence, width, shape, movement. All absolutely spot on. The 3s pressed and pressured and had most importantly worked their proverbial frozen balls off with waves of fast paced attack with Ellie Southwell, Olivia Edwins and Milly Docherty. Midfield were in space, supportive and Charlotte Lewis in particular proving to be a nuisance to the opposition. Eventually ending up in a well worked goal from Emily Williams to Ruth Lewis who slotted it past their keeper. Harborough were excelling.
Half time! Everyone has now succumbed to pneumonia. Well, then we just got tired really. Simple as. But despite the work rate, the effort, the commitment, the oppo got themselves a penalty flick and converted. And that, was in fact, that. 2-1 Ashby. Great to watch and really amazing effort and work from all.”
Badgers won 1-0 away to Welford
Goal: Cian Kirke
“We played Welford away this week and knew we would be in for a hard game as they always field a big strong team at their home game, but yet again we won! The final score was 1-0 to us with a goal from Cian Kirke.
Our new players played really well, especialy Luke Reeves our new defender. Welford really kept the presure on through the whole game and had many attempts on goal, but with some good saves from Beth Pedler and our defence helping to clear the ball every time, we held them off (just!).”
Women’s O35s lost 0-1 away to Spalding in the EH Championships
Player of the Match was Laura Matthews
“Trekking northwards on an adventure unknown awaited the newly formed Ladies Over 35s team who faced their first competitive match on Sunday. Spalding are an established and experienced team so Harborough had a task to cut their teeth against them.
The first half saw Harborough soaking up a lot of opposition pressure for the first 15 minutes before they settled and began to forge their way through the centre and create counterattacks. Liane Brookin once again proved her mettle garnering the strength of the defensive line and creating a impenetrable wall. Captain Laura Matthews found herself playing out of position but, taking instruction from Brookin, managed to keep the surging sea of white at bay. Harborough went into the break 1-0 down due to an unfortunate deflection in the D about which Jaime Allison could do nothing. Up until this point Allison had thwarted every effort on goal with resolute aplomb.
The second half was a closely fought and tenacious affair. Harborough managed to plug the hole which had appeared in the middle of the pitch with Susan Henderson and Valerie McCarthy linking up brilliantly with Vanessa Riley and Jo Bevan on the wings. Caroline Dow and Sarah Hornbuckle were determined to burst and barge their ways into the attacking third creating chances at every turn. Tracy James soaked up and overturned each Spalding attack for pure and joyous fun and Rosie Glenister was fastidious in her determination on her debut. The energy and effort level could not have been faulted and the energetic vocal calls coming from Su Jarmulewski on the sidelines rallied the troops. Bev Lane was a little terrier bossing both the back and the wing proving her flexibility and adaptive skills. Simply put, Harborough did everything but put the ball in the back of the opposition net. The game was played in good spirits so it was ultimately frustrating to have played so well as a unit and as a team only to lose out to an own goal. A throughly lovely game which made it all the more irksome to be foiled through an unfortunate moment. Harborough now face tier 3 opposition in the next round of the competition in February 2018.”