” Results – 16th December”
Unfortunately most of our matches were postponed due to frozen pitches this weekend. Yet again, only the Mixed A’s played…
Mixed A lost 1-4 at home to Horizon
Goal: Vanessa Riley
“The final game of the year came with plenty of Christmas cheer for the Mixed A’s with the news of the abandoned match and cancelled fixture being awarded as wins for Harborough. They were going into this weekend’s match top of the table, but they were up against strong opposition.
Although not as cold as the previous week at Manor Road, it was still a bitterly cold morning with the game only going ahead as the Men’s 3s had very kindly cleared the ice off the pitch earlier that day. A very strong start from Harbrough gave them lots of opportunity down the pitch with Peter Skerrett and Charlie Schanschieff communicating well and moving the ball around the oppositions D. A fantastic move down the left wing by Vanessa Riley led to the ball being passed to Schanschieff on the edge of the D who ran with it and snapped the shot away, narrowly missing the right hand netting. Harborough were playing exceptionally well. However, with 10 minutes on the clock it became obvious that the opposition had a few key players who were able to flick and manoeuvre themselves around the strong Harborough defence. Two quick goals from Horizon led to Harborough falling behind 2-0 despite playing some of the best hockey of the season.
On the run up to half time, Harborough knew they were the stronger team and the opposition were relying on their strong players to keep up the goal rush – another two followed on in the first half! All Harborough needed was to mark the key players. With firm passing and clear communication their effort was rewarded with a perfect move by Nick Hall creating a fantastic run down the right wing and firmly passing it across the D to a waiting Riley, who calmly slotted the ball with an elegant dive.
Despite the fantastic pressure and beautiful hockey Harborough played, it came down to the strong counter-attack goals scored by Horizon. A well fought match which saw a 0-0 draw in the second half, Harborough should hold their heads up high with their best performance to date. The improvement has been incredible, especially with Ellie Cathrow who played a brilliant game down the left wing as a Midfeilder as well as our other young players all receiving compliments from the opposition mid game.
Lots of positives to take into the new year where Harborough will be striving to stay in the top half of the table. Merry Christmas all!”