Results – 18 & 20th January
Here are our results from our league and cup matches this week.
Women’s 2 lost 2-5 at home to Loughborough Student 4s (Cup match)
Goals: Ella Partridge (2)
Player of the Match was Bev Lane
“As the Amazons of Loughborough Students 4s skipped onto the pitch in their droves we thought it was going to be tough – with the Students being in the division above the 2s. The Harborough team had shrunk in numbers in the hours before the match and as one player was running late the 2s played short for 15 minutes of the first half! However, no goals were scored by the visitors in this time as Harborough were steadfast in their defence and tight marking. The relentless Students did break through eventually, to head into the break 1-0 up.
The second half was more eventful with goals for both sides. The Harborough defence kept working hard to keep the ball out of the D, and GK Vicky Christodoulou made a number of great saves. Harborough had many chances but struggled to convert; a foul on Charlotte Butler in front of the Loughborough goal earned the 2s a penalty flick, which was swiftly put away by Ella Partridge. The battle continued as the visitors sneaked in a few more goals but Harborough were undeterred. Ella saw a break in their defence and took her chances to claim her second goal.
All in all a very enjoyable match. Good team play from all the 2s, the defence worked hard, the midfield ran miles and the forwards took every chance they could against an indomitable opposition. Player of the Match was Bev Lane for her newly acquired defensive skills, and despite the loss, the 2s were very pleased with the result! “
Men’s 1 drew 1-1 at home to South Nottingham
Goal: Tom Whitehouse
Men’s 2 lost 10-3 at home to Atherstone Adders
Goals: Raoul Mercer (2) & Richard Goswell
“We will just concentrate on the second-half which finished 3-3 …
We pressed and played a much higher line and that resulted in several short corners which were converted with aplomb. The first being a fine strike from Richard Goswell, with a nice little bit of fade and the second with what looked like a well worked shot back to the injector for Raoul Mercer to drive home. The third goal summed the half up best with an apparent 6 against 3 overload being snuffed out inside their 23 by fantastic closing down by our forwards and the ball being driven back across the D for Raoul to slot in his second of the game.
So, going forward we learnt that you don’t give any side a 7-goal head start in the first half. Well played to everyone involved, no matter how small a part, and let’s take that drive and enthusiasm into the second half of the season.”