Results – 17th February
Our results and reports from last Saturday…
Women’s 1 won 3-1 at home to Nuneaton Ladies 1
Goals: Hattie Hammond (3)
Player of the Match was Ady Kendall
“Having played on what seemed like a beach when away to Nuneaton in the first half of the season, Harborough welcomed Nuneaton back to their own Sandy Siro looking to build on their 2-1 away win.
Harborough got off to a slow start, conceeding an early goal after failing to deal with Nuneatons quick break. Despite the poor start the 1s grew into the game and controlled possession for the remainder of the first half but couldn’t convert any of their chances.
The half time team talk followed with the instructions “they’re playing a half court press” and Harborough came out fighting second half. A quick ball was played out to Ellie Hand who drove into the box and squared it to Hattie Hammond to tap in. Another quick ball was played out to Ellie who drove into the box and squared it to Hattie to tap in; followed by another quick ball to Ellie who drove into the box and squared it to Hattie to tap in!
A strong defensive performance for the remainder of the game saw Harborough keep their composure to come out with the victory. A great team effort and some quality finishing up top.
Player of the Match goes to Ady Kendall for some quality last ditch tackles throughout the game.”
Women’s 2 won 10-0 at home to Roundhill Ladies 1
Goals: Charlotte Butler (5), Liane Brookin (3), Caroline Dow & Niamh Arthur
Player of the Match was Bev Lane
“The 2s faced a strange game this week, with their opposition only arriving to the Harborough pitch with 8 players. Despite the initial confusion, the 2s easily dominated their home pitch.
Possession was held in the opposite half for the majoity of the game, however it took the Harborough ladies a bit of time to get into their stride. A straight strike from Liane Brookin in a penalty corner opened up the scoring, with one from Caroline Dow, and another from Charlotte Butler being scored almost instantly. By half time, Harborough were 7 goals up (2 from Liane, 4 from Charlotte, 1 from Caroline).
Roundhill gained a player as the second half began, making it slightly harder for Harborough to dominate. A couple more breaks from Roundhill were made, however nothing to alert the defenders. A penalty flick was won by Harborough, and Niamh Arthur pushed it through the keepers legs. Many more attempts at goal were made, but the hardworking Roundhill keeper defended her goal well. Liane scored the 9th goal for the team, lifting it into the air from the top of the circle, and Charlotte scored our final goal.
A 10-0 win put a smile on the faces of the 2s, who had been a little put out after a couple of losses. Player of the Match went to Bev Lane for her reliablilty and solid tackles on the wing.”
Mixed A won 8-1 away to Harlequins
Goals: Joshua Osborne (3), Pete Skerrett (3), Vanessa Riley & Sophie Millett
“Saturday arrived sunny and warm; just was well as MH Mixed A played Harlequins away. The late time and weather set the tone of the match, with everybody seeming to have lost a little gusto waiting for the game to come around. The whole team and resulting play were so calm and laid back it was more like taking part in a summer friendly than a league match – all that was missing was the barbecue and beers (soft drinks for the youngsters of course) and we’d have been all set!
Luckily this style of play suited Harborough even with both strikers missing through injury and other commitments. Little did we know how many goals we were all capable of scoring! Okay, so it took a while for Harborough to get their heads in the game and make the most of their advances. Winger Jack March made a multitude of crosses into the D creating chances and eventually it was Sophie Millett that monopolised on a deflected ball, which the Keeper had dived left to save, leaving her to slot the ball home past his right leg. Top female goal scorer, Vanessa Riley, also got stuck in with a scramble on the line against the opposition’s keeper and defence, lifting the ball over their sticks and on to the back board. More goals followed as forwards Peter Skerrett and Josh Osbourne made some good plays supported by midfielders Liam McLean and Stephen Parr. Plenty of movement from these gentlemen resulted in enough converted opportunities for both Skerrett and Osbourne to walk away from the game with a hat-trick each! The ball was also reliably kept in play with Imogen March picking up and returning every ball that passed the opposition’s 23, and Captain Marissa Bole dropping back to play defensively allowing the guys to push forward as an attacking four.
The only disappointing part of the match was the comic and very lucky goal scored by the opposition as a deflected ball rolled forward from the Harborough keeper, Jake Wilson, and then rebounding from an attackers stick on the ground after he’d turned to move away! Other than this and a few other flurries into the D, the ball was intercepted and cleared by the trusty line up of Peter March and the quick paced Will Feavyour with Sally Gambles and Zoe Marlow putting in some fantastic stops against the advancing men’s players. Despite a dancing and chanting Captain at half time trying to rally the team, the whole game was well controlled and calm with play on instinct and all chances taken; final score, 8-1!
Hopefully the team can keep their cool for the remainder of the season and continue to smash out the results seen this weekend!”
Men’s 1 drew 3-3 away to Mansfield
Goals: Ryan Harrison, Nick Hall & Tom Williams
Player of the Match was Ben Langdown
Men’s 2 lost 0-5 away to Derby
Player of the Match was Max Shortland
The Men’s 2 travelled to Derby, with a team bolstered by youth. It was indeed a game of two halves, both of which Harborough did well in. The younger players, including Ben Morgan Williams, Max Shortland, Theo Pemberton, Joe Butler, Matt Cook, Jack March and Josh Osborne all managed to make the opposition, who are second in the league, look silly at times with little tricks, flicks and generally working hard as a team.
The result was 3-0 at half time, and 5-0 full time, with Max being awarded Player of the Match by the opposition. In truth, the match had lots of highlights. There was plenty of open passing hockey and we could have scored more had that last ball not been consistently that extra yard in front of the player in the final third of the pitch…
Thanks to all the team for a great performance after our recent struggles for form, and we are showing some great signs of building a great Men’s 2s team for next year.