Results – 13/14th January
Results from our matches this weekend…
Mixed A won 3-1 at home to Loughborough Carillon Kestrels
Goals: Noel Burton (2) & Jack March
“This weekend the opposition took on the shape of Loughborough Carillon Kestrels who were promoted in second place behind us earlier in the year. We beat them away so were determind to do it again at home.
We started strong, passing the ball around amongst the team, switching the ball around the back of the oppositions D and making as many chances as we could to convert shots to goals, and oh did we … 3 in fact!
Kestrels tried their best to get in our way but we were too good on the break and eventually after prolonged play Harborough were awarded a short corner. The team set themselves up in the usual formation; a strong push-out from centre forward Charlie Schanshieff was received by Noel Burton who, after a perfectly timed paused, passed it to centre midfielder Peter Skerrett, who slipped it back to Burton to slot in the back of the net.
It wasn’t long before more play in the attacking half, and plenty of shots and crosses amongst the Kestrel’s denfence saw an opportunistic slam of the ball in the bottom left side of the goal from trusty Noel Burton. The final goal of the first half came from forwards Charlie Schanschieff and Jack March. They made a run up the field until reaching the D where Schanschieff held up the ball to allow players to get in position before making a reverse stick swipe which found March waiting on the right post to knock it in – a very impressive play from the side line.
Half time and a well earned break later, we went out in the hope of upping our goal tally but it wasn’t to be. Kestrels really came out fighting and rang rings around us for fifteen minutes of the second half creating a few chances as we tired. Luckily the Harborough keeper, Jake Wilson, wasn’t going to let injury hold him back and put in some fantastically timed dives to keep all but one cheeky shot away where Kestrels broke through our last line of defence. Final score 3-1 to Harborough!
Let’s hope we can do the same again next week and maintain our position at the top of the table!”
Men’s 1 drew 3-3 away to Oundle
Goals: Tom Whitehouse, Tom Williams & Nick Hall
Player of the Match was Luke van Diepen
Badgers won 1-0 at home to Wellingborough
Goal: Sam Haynes-Coote
“Our first game back after the Christmas break and what a start, another win 1-0! It was a very good game from the start with Wellingborough keeping the presure on through the whole game. It was in the first half with a great reverse stick shot from Sam Haynes-Coote who scored our winning goal (he also had his best game for badgers ever I thought this week, well done!).
Thomas Parry was our goal keeper this week, and did an exceptional job by saving all their shots on our goal – thanks TP! Grace and Ruby Howe worked well as a pair in the centre, stopping the opposition many times with their team work and then feeding the ball back to our team up the pitch.
It felt like we had not been away since December with how all the Badgers played, especially since the two older members (Wilf and me) both got injured in the first half, but the Badgers kept the pace going and won the game. We had many attempts on their goal, with our team always being in the correct postion, especially Owen Arthur who was always in their D ready to receive the ball coming in.
Well done to our new players Takara Walker and Emily Doe on their first game out with the team. Well done all.”
MH Women’s 3 lost 0-12 at home to MH Women’s 2 in their league match against each other
Goals for the 2s: Charlotte Butler (6), Caroline Dow (2), Abbie Wilson (2), Sophie Millett & Milly Docherty
Player of the Match was Helen Clark for the 3s and Hattie Clements for the 2s
Report from the 3s:
“The 3s had set up with their plan in place, which was to tightly mark and it worked really well. Unfortunately, an early scrambled goal clearance led to a ball hitting a foot on the line, giving the 2s a penalty flick. Charlotte Butler took a composed flick and the score was 1-0. For a part of the first half we did manage to keep them at bay… but the constant flooding of the D let in a quick succession of goals, which led the 3s to lose shape. The 2s then scored a lot of goals in the first half.
Half time came and went and the 3s came out with a plan, and by and large our plan went quite well. There was a period of the game where the 2s were awarded many short corners in a row and our celebration of finally clearing the danger was epic. Despite the scoreline everyone played well. We had a few new young players who did really well and Emily Williams’s hit outs were immense. Ellie Southwell put in a shift up front and there was a real effort made by all the 3s but the 2s outplayed us. Final score 12-0, well done 2s!
Player of the Match for the 3s was went to Helen Clark who put in a solid defensive performance. Hattie Clements was Player of the Match for the 2s for her play and positioning off the ball.”
Men’s 1 lost 0-4 away to Nuneaton
Player of the Match was Luke van Diepen
Women’s O35s lost 3-4 at home to Kettering O45s in their return friendly match
Goals: Sally Kirke (2) & Caroline Dow
Player of the Match was Laura Matthews
“The Women’s Over 35s were back in action today with a friendly against Kettering Ladies. The last time the two sides met it was a very closely fought battle with Market Harborough just edging it for the victory.
As we lined up today we were hoping that history would repeat itself. We came storming out of the blocks playing some remarkably composed yet attacking hockey. Caroline Dow put the home side 1-0 up with a very well worked run down the right, cutting in to finish on her reverse stick. Not too long after that Harborough found themselves 2-0 up after Sally Kirke posted up marvellously to tap in on the far post after a scruffy goal mouth scuffle. Nobody was more surprised than Kirke herself but the joy was shared amongst the whole team. Everybody was elated that Kirke had beaten her own demons even stepping on to the pitch in the first place never mind scoring a goal. Kettering pulled one back before the break after they took a quick turnover ball and caught Harborough offguard.
The second half saw Kettering come belting out and playing some lovely hockey which displayed their discipline and experience as an established team who have been playing together for a long time. They soon found themselves 4-2 in the lead after they took advantage of three well worked and composed chances. Never the team to know when to give up Harborough pulled one back with yet another right-place, right-time goal from Killer Kirke. The scoreline remained 4-3 until the final whistle. Player of the Match went to captain Laura Matthews for her work rate and sheer bloody mindedness in the middle.
The women await the draw to discover who their next opposition will be on February 4th in the England Hockey Championship.”