Results – 3/4th February
Our results from last weekend, some are better than others…
Badgers won 9-1 at home to Northampton Saints
Goals: Owen Arthur (3), Thomas Parry (2), Sam Haynes-Cootes, Takara Walker, Harry Wilford & Matti Hodgson
“Wow, where do we start! A 9-1 win against Northampton Saints. We always have a nice game against Saints and this one was really good. We had to work hard for our goals and the opposition kept the presure on throughout the game. We could have had more goals, but Saints goalie was brilliant.
Towards the end of the first half, we decided to go down to one adult on pitch as the Badgers did not need us! Well played all, especially our new player Matti, who had his first game for us.”
Mixed A lost 2-4 away to Rangers
Goals: N Burton & C Schanschieff
Women’s 1 lost 1-2 away to Boots 2
Goal: Sue Henderson
Joint Players of the Match were Sue Henderson & Sam Care
“After being beaten 5-1 away from home in the first half of the season Boots seemed determined to redress the balance. The score was level at half time after Boots went 1-0 up following a scrappy scuffle in the D. Despite the plethora of stick tackles and feet their goal stood and they remained 1-0 up until Sue Henderson expertly dispatched a straight strike from a short corner. Harborough went into the break with the score level but frustrated by their by their own lack of marking and patience.
Boots took a second half lead after a well crafted penalty corner routine about which there could be no argument. In the dying seconds Harborough thought that they had equalised only for the home umpire to insist that the decision be overturned. Harborough suffered a 2-1 loss. Sue Henderson and Sam Care shared the player of the match accolade for their determination in the middle of the pitch and on the backline.”
Women’s 2 lost 2-3 away to Ashby Ladies 3s
Goals: Charlotte Butler (2)
Player of the Match was Olivia Edwins
“The Women’s 2s travelled to rainy Ashby this weekend, for a tight game against their third team. The game began with lots of possession from Harborough, with the ball consistantly passed between the team. Shots were attempted, but the tactics from the forwards did not pay out. Ashby made breaks later on in the half, resulting in a penalty corner which ultimately gave them the lead. The teams battled it out for the rest of the half.
Half time brought about group discussion on how to react, Harborough’s attacking strategy was adapted and (with help from some Haribo) the team’s spirits were high to begin the second half.
Harborough’s play picked up with much stronger passing and dribbling, creating triangles around the opposition. Charlotte Butler scored two “awesome” goals in a short space of time, giving the 2s the lead. Harborough wanted more and kept up the momentum, but Ashby retaliated, and pushed back with their strongest forces. With only four minutes to go, Ashby scored one with a lucky break, and in the final minute scored their winner. The final score was 3-2 to Ashby 3s. A frustrating end to a well played match.
Harborough’s Player of the Match was Olivia Edwins for stepping up to play in a new position, and for her strong demeanour throughout.”
Women’s 3 lost 0-5 at home to Ashby Ladies 2s
Player of the Match was Hazel O’Connell
“A grim Saturday that would have allowed Morrissey to create a platinum album from did not deter Harborough 3s. Playing Ashby 2s we knew it would be a tough game.
Harborough started brightly and held Ashby at bay for a good 10 mins! They seemed surprised by our endeavours, Ashby got their first goal around that time, but still heads were high. Ashby starting flooding down the wings and after an incredible double save, saw them slip the ball past the prone keeper. They managed to get a 3rd from a great pass across the D.
A great half time team talk by Sally Kirke saw the 3s give everything they could, which again rattled Ashby, but they scored a further goal. Special mention to the defence who worked so hard marshalled by Emily Williams. The score doesn’t reflect the work the team put in. Collectively working hard for each other, we may have lost, but we lost as a team! Well played girls a great effort by all!”
Men’s 1 lost 1-11 away to Ramgarhia [Derby]
Goal: Robert Reed
Player of the Match was Ben Langdown
Men’s 2 lost 0-12 at home to Barton
Women’s O35s won 7-0 at home to City of Peterborough O35s in the EH Championship
Goals: Val McCarthy(3), Caroline Dow (2) & Laura Matthews (2)
Joint Players of the Match were Laura Matthews & Caroline Dow
“Stepping out onto the Sandy Siro on a blustery Sunday afternoon the Market Harborough Women’s Over 35s did not know what to expect from their opposition who had travelled from Peterborough a week early to make the fixture possible.
It was soon apparent that Harborough were in for a busy afternoon of attacking as they went 1-0 up through a glorious and blistering finish from Caroline Dow. She wound her way through the flailing defence to slot the ball confidently past the strewn keeper. Valerie McCarthy got the first of her hattrick not long after with a sublime reverse stick chip over the keeper after a silky passing move started by Sue Henderson who was her magnificently solid and determined self all afternoon. Henderson was involved in Harborough’s third as she sent the ball with exactitude through to Dow who thundered her finish past the defence and the keeper to send the home side into the break 3-0 up.
The second half saw more of the same with some glorious, patient hockey which displayed the experience which Harborough had to offer. Liane Brookin was stalwart in defence and the fourth goal started with her surging run from her centre back position. She intercepted an attempted pass and thundered up the pitch dispatching the ball to McCarthy at the top of the D. It would have been a brave soul who got in the way of McCarthy’ s shot as it pelted it’s way into the back of the net. Captain Laura Matthews got onto the score sheet as she tidied up a scuffle following a short corner smartly slotting the ball between the keeper’s legs. Matthews then added another from close range after Bev Lane ricocheted a ball towards goal. McCarthy made sure of her hattrick as she tenaciously finished off a messy scuffle in the goal mouth to slot the ball deftly passed the Peterborough defence. Not to be outdone Jaime Allison made three fantastic second half saves, terrific focus from start to finish especially on what was an otherwise very quiet afternoon for the Harborough keeper.
The whole team played with vigour and focus. Player of the Match went to Caroline Dow and Laura Matthews. We now await to see who is brave enough to face us in the next round.”