Results – 28th April
The last matches of the season were played on Saturday…
Badgers won 9-0 at home against Wellingborough … and they have won the Badgers league!
Goals: Thomas Parry (3), Owen Arthur, Matti Hodgson, Thomas Ainsworth, Ruby Howe, Grace Howe & Sam Haynes-Coote
What a great season! Congratulations team!
“We won 9-0 and we won the League! What a game, where do I start… goal scorers first, Thomas Parry (3), Sam Haynes-Coote, Thomas Ainsworth, Owen Arthur, Matti Hodgson, Ruby Howe and Grace Howe.
In all the years that Market Harborough Badgers have been playing, this is the first time we have won the League. For the last few years we have been getting better each season, and making the bigger and older opposition teams struggle to beat us, but this year we came out strong and have only lost one game all season.
On Saturday we had a squad of 18 players (who subbed really well) and everybody played well and kept up our good game play throughout the game. A big thanks to everyone who has played and helped out this season.
I have been playing Badgers for over 4 years now and it’s always great to see the club younsters grow and progress through the club, but this year I am so pleased for the whole team as it’s a well deserved win for everyone who has been involved. Lets see if we can do it again next season!”
The Badgers after the match with their medals and the League Trophy.
Mixed A lost 1-8 against Leicester Hospitals A in the final of the LMHA Senior Plate
Goal: Jack Wells
A great cup run for our amazing A team! They make us proud!
“Saturday saw Market Harborough Mixed A play their final match of the season, the Senior Plate Final – a round further than last year when they were knocked out in the semi finals of the Junior Plate by current league rivals Horizon. This year they were certainly the underdogs, up against third place Division 1 side Leicester Hospitals A. The aim? To go out and upset the balance, to demonstrate Harborough are a deserved side and a force to be reckoned with next season, with their guaranteed promotion to Division 1 in the League (still pending one final match result to determine whether this is as Champions or Runners Up!).
With nothing to lose and everything to gain, a few changes were made to the usual match strategy, playing a half court hold when the opposition had a hit out to cut out any long pass options and make them work harder for the break. The first twenty minutes were beautiful, with Harborough applying the pressure, playing amongst all team members and creating chances for shots on goal. This must have caught Leicester Hospitals off-guard as they weren’t as quick as expected on closing players down initially. Perhaps it was part of their game play, luring the Harborough home side into a false sense of security, before switching it on and starting to put away the few chances they got. A couple of breaks and some fast and furious play just before half time meant the visitors went 3-0 up going into half time. Despite this deficit, team spirits were still high, remembering the turnaround in last week’s match, with the game all still to play for.
However, the second half wasn’t to go their way. A little hope was ignited when Jack Wells, playing through injury, stepped up to play centre forward, created a good break amongst the defence and took on the keeper one-on-one to slot away a goal putting Harborough on the scoreboard. Leicester Hospitals, the fitter, quicker and more experienced side, soon found their rhythm, creating gaps amongst the midfield, plenty of one-on-ones with the Harborough defence and few opportunities for the forwards.
All this led to a disappointing 1-8 loss for the Harborough side, not quite the way they’d wanted to end what was otherwise another fantastic season. Despite the ending, the Mixed A team can go into the summer with their heads held high, off the back of double promotion, a full season’s commitment and a Runners Up place in not the Junior, but the Senior Plate Final. Massive congratulations to every member of the team and the handful of volunteers from other teams within the club who stepped in to support throughout the season. Now the hard work really begins in preparation for Division 1 next season! Bring it on!”