Results – 24th February
Our results from the weekend…
Men’s 1 lost 0-3 at home to Atherstone Adders
Player of the Match was Jon Cooper
Men’s 2 won 2-1 at home to Nuneaton
Goals: Richard Goswell & Ben Morgan Williams
“The Men’s 2 rocked up to Welland Park, bolstered by a lot of youth once again feeling like it was a 6 pointer for the league title.
In true style, we started by giving the opposition a goal headstart, despite them clearly fearing our goalscoring prowess and setting their stall out early to defend with most of the ten players that were on the pitch at the start playing central defender type roles.
With the formalities out of the way, it gave Harborough the opportunity to dominate, with legends-in-the-making like Theo Pemberton, Ben Morgan Williams, Toby Fletcher, Joe Butler, Max Shortland and Richard Goswell all peppering shots on their keeper, across the front of the goal and occasionally at the corner flag, plus Tom Parry’s determination to put the ball in the top corner. Unfortunately, it appeared he may have played in goal before and for the 30+ chances, we went into the half time team talk one nil down.
Five minutes, and some fighting talk from captain Raoul Mercer, we went out determined to make a legendary comeback. Another 30 or so chances missed, some by inches, some slightly further from the mark, we drew level after several practice attempts with the opportunity for Richard Goswell to perfect his textbook short corner strike. Several more good chances later, Ben Morgan Williams decided to deflect a wayward short in at the back post. For the last fifteen minutes, it was somewhat nerve-racking in that whilst we had established the likelihood of scoring was low, we also knew that the counter attacking style the opposition was somewhat effective. We somehow managed to hang on, with thanks from some skilful defending at times by Stephen Parr and Gary Pedler, along with a fine performance from Ben Handley that was almost worthy of a Player of the Match award.
Special thanks also go to team manager Jason Perry who had the unusual role of managing the subs for us and just needed a sheepskin coat to perfect the day! Final score was a 2-1 win for Market Harborough Men’s 2.”
Photo by ADPV Aerial Photo and Video Service, Market Harborough
Mixed A won their Round Robin v Panthers & Rutland Oaks to gain a place in the semi final of the Senior Plate
“Harborough Mixed A assembled for an early start for the Quarter Finals knock out round of the Senior Plate with two back-to-back 20 minute games against Division 1 Panthers and Division 2 Rutland Oaks. Our poor captain Marissa Bole had taken ill so Sally Gambles bravely stepped in for Captain duties. Arriving in the car park positive vibes filled the air for the games ahead. Sally and midfielder Peter Skerrett provided the well needed morning motivation and direction with a slight change in our usual formation.
The opening moments of the Panthers game gave an indication that it was not going to be easy. The opposition had some strong players and powerful aerials that went from one side of the pitch to the other. They attacked early on but Harborough managed to break through and Peter Skerrett scored. He then proceeded to set up some great opportunities for others which unfortunately didn’t result in further goals. There was some great positioning and movement up the pitch by Imogen March, Jack March, Charlie Schanshieff, Liam McLean and Vanessa Riley. However, the Panthers came back fighting and scored the next goal by dribbling it through Harborough’s defence. The brave defenders (Sally Gambles, Stephen Parr, Rosie Glenister, Peter March and Zoe Marlow) rallied and with this additional strength no more goals got through. Result 1-1.
Team talk given and then straight onto Rutland Oaks…
Again, a tough game. The Oaks had some really skilled players who managed many breaks but were stopped in their tracks by the solid Harborough defence and some brilliant saves by keeper Jake Wilson, including one to his head where his helmet was damaged as a result! Now that’s dedication! Imogen March had a tough time on the right wing but put up a mean fight and there was some lovely passing between her and Liam McLean. Harborough were awarded a short corner which resulted in Peter Skerret scoring again. The opposition’s defender tried to save it but the force of Peter’s strike ensured it bobbled over his stick. Rutland tried hard to score but were unable to. Result 1-0 to MHA!
The team then had an anxious 20 minute wait to see what the score would be between the Panthers and Oaks. Before long loyalties from the previous match were soon reversed when the team found themselves cheering and praising the Oaks as we needed them to win for us to come out on top. There were many cheers when the Oaks finally won their game.
Off to the semi finals we go…! The only Division 2 side to make it through! May the underdogs upset the order … watch this space.”
Women’s 2 won 2-0 away to Leicester University Women’s 2
Goals: Charlotte Butler (2)
Player of the Match was Abbie Wilson
“Despite many games being called off due to frosty pitches and sub-zero temperatures, the Women’s 2 game remained on. The first half began and the team was immediately on the attack. The ball was beautifully passed around the opposition players, taken into the D by Sarah Hornbuckle who passed it swiftly to Charlotte Butler on the left allowing Charlotte to slip it in behind the keeper. Harborough continued to push towards the circle, and gained many chances and short corners but with no further outcomes.
At half time, the team refueled on Haribo and went back onto the pitch raring for more goals. Charlotte soon scored another corker, this time with a raised slap into the top left corner. The team continued with their pursuit on goal but without any luck, every chance was saved and defenced well by the opposition – causing some frustration as Harborough had the majority of the possession, as the game was played out in the opposition’s D. Harborough spent their last minutes with just nine players on the pitch due to a couple of unfortunate cards, but the determined effort of the remaining players ensured that Leicester Uni could not gain from our disadvantage.
Despite the downbeat end to the match, there was some lovely passages of passing play throughout the game, and the 2s left the pitch with a 2-0 win. Player of the Match went to Abbie Wilson for her strength down the wing.”
Badgers won 1-0 at home to Long Buckby
Goal: Thomas Parry
“We had a big turn out for our home game with Long Buckby this week, but even with our team making regular subs, we still kept our good game play up and managed another win. Long Buckby made us work very hard for this win, but lucky for us Thomas Parry managed his usual trick of getting us a goal!
Well done to the whole team, we are still top of the league table!”