Results – 7/8th April
Our results from last weekend…
Women’s 1 won 3-1 at home to Ashbourne
Goals: Hattie Hammond (2) & Abigail Reeves
Player of the Match was Abigail Reeves
“On Saturday the Women’s 1s faced second in the table Ashbourne. The 1s were resolute in proving they deserve their place in the league. Harborough set up strong and from the off and, were quite simply, awesome!
Passages of play from the backs, the mids and the forwards, was truly outstanding. They worked so hard for each other. First to score was Abigail Reeves. 2nd and 3rd goals were deftly dispatched by Hattie Hammond. Ashbourne got one goal but it didn’t affect the outcome.”
Mixed A won 2-0 at home to Leicester University
Goals: Peter Skerrett & Jack Wells
“Following a two week break after Gremlins pulled out of the last League Match at the last minute (forfeiting the win), this weekend saw the Mixed A with a double header against Leicester University on Saturday and Bedouin Camels on Sunday.
Both were key matches in the fight for promotion and a potential Leicestershire & Rutland League win! (The latest results haven’t been posted so it’s difficult to tell exactly where the team will end up until they play closest competitors Horizon in two weeks.)
Saturday’s match saw the students came out all guns blazing as we all stood in wonderment trying to work out how exactly we could keep up with their quick legs. We’d been counting on the usually reliable weekend student hangover but it wasn’t to be. But, quick and nimble wasn’t to be defeated by skill and good game play and although they made plenty of breaks, the opposition struggled to get through the strong Harborough defence and had only the one short corner to show the Harborough side what they were made of which they proceeded to fluff.
Harborough played fantastically, showing just how much they wanted the win with goals coming from midfielder Peter Skerret and an impressive dive from defender Jack Wells to sweep the ball into the right corner after making a break through the middle. The game finished 2-0 to Harborough after what was the most challenging match of the season with fitness and focus playing a major part.”
Women’s 3 lost 0-7 at home to Leicester Ladies 5s
Player of the Match was Emily Williams
Badgers drew 2-2 at home to Welford
Goals: Owen Arthur (2)
“This was one of our most important games of the season against our main rivals, Welford – we couldn’t afford a loss. Our first ten minutes we were the stronger team, but after a while we seemed to lose our shape a bit, so by half time we were 2-0 down. After a team talk at half time, we came back playing like we started in the first half, and not before long Owen Arthur scored our first goal. We kept the pressure on and the whole team kept the ball around their D and Owen was in the right place again and scored another.
The last minutes were tense as Welford pushed hard at our defence and broke through, but GK Jake Partington made a great save for us, saving us the game with the end result of a draw. The game ended 2-2 which we were happy with.”
Mixed A won 5-1 at home to Bedouin Camels
Goals: Peter Skerrett (2), Sarah Hornbuckle, Imogen March & Jack Wells
“On the back of yesterday’s rewarding win, enthusiasm was high for the Bedouin Camels match. However, the Harborough side was caught napping in the opening quarter of the match with the opposition monopolising and getting an early goal on the score board. After fighting tooth and nail for yesterday’s win to top of the table, the team weren’t about to throw away a win to a team much further down the table with promotion and a league win on the cards.
Slowly and steadily the Harborough side got their heads into the game and their tired bodies switched on. Coming to the ball more quickly, marking the opposition out of the game and plenty of opportunities on goal eventually paid off with Peter Skerret scoring again putting two points on the board, the second of which after taking on the whole of the Camel’s defence, around the keeper and over the line. Sarah Hornbuckle added to the tally with a strong shot into the back of the net, with Imogen March later sweeping up a loose ball in the D to knock it up and over the grounded keeper’s and defenders stick. The last goal in Haborough’s impressive tally came from Jack Wells with a flick inside the D to secure a comfortable 5-1 win to the home side, a great tally in the fight to do the double and get promoted into Division 1!”
Women’s 1 won 3-2 away to West Bridgford
Goals: Ellie Hand, Hattie Hammond & Sue Henderson
“The result of this game would decided the fate of Women’s 1s, staying up or going down…
All of the team were nervous but so was the opposition. I have to say Harborough had 90% of the play. The passages of play were stunning, playing right out from the back to the forwards. Ady Kendall, Deb Mason and Sam Care were amazing in defence.
Val McCarthy, Abigail Reeves, Sophie Millett, Charlotte Smith, Ella Partridge, Sue Henderson and Lauren Hand were powerhouses in midfield. Ellie Hand was her usual whippet-like self and Hattie Hammond worked liked a Spartan up front! The team have put in a 100% effort and ended the season in 5th place in the Midlands Feeder East!”
Women’s 1s after their win at West Bridgford