Results – 13th October

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Results from the first Super Saturday of the season… all our senior teams were playing last Saturday!

Men’s 1 lost 3-4 at home to Ramgarhia [Derby] 1

Goals: Nick Hall, Tom Williams & Ryan Harrison 

Player of the Match was Johnny Cordingley

“Harborough played Ramgharia and looked very impressive for a lot of the game. Sadly lost 4-3 which was no mean feat against the team that won the league last year!

Goals from Nick Hall, Tom Williams and Ryan Harrison. The best goal was an unbelievable bit of build-up play from Ben Sleeman and Tom Bradshaw combining in frightening fashion. We move on to next week.”

Men’s 2 lost 0-5 at home to Ashby 2

Player of the Match was shared by Matt Cook and Joe Butler

“Men’s 2 lost to Ashby this weekend. It was a deceptively close game with some fantastic running and chasing the ball down from the youngsters who shared the man of the match award. Roll on next week.”

Men’s 3 lost 0-10 away to Northampton Saints 5

Player of the Match was Matthew Hodgson

“Men’s 3rd team travelled to play Northampton Saints 5s. Unfortunately we finished on the wrong end of a lots-nil scoreline – but not everything was doom and gloom.

The Saints side was very strong, but they didn’t have everything their own way, as our youngsters battled hard for the whole 70 minutes. We did create several chances and penalty corners, and worked their keeper a few times, but a goal just wouldn’t come. Defensively, I was pleased that we weren’t completely dismantled that often, with most of their goals coming from 2nd or 3rd phase attacks.

All-in-all we just have to hold our hands up and say we were well beaten by a much stronger side – no shame in that. 

Player of the Match was debut goalkeeper Matthew Hodgson with a great display between the sticks – he definitely saved a lot more than he conceded.”

Women’s 1 lost 0-3 at home to Derby Ladies’ 1s

Player of the Match was Laura Matthews

“The run of losses continued for Women’s 1s today with a 3-0 home defeat to Derby Ladies 1s. Despite being the more dominant team in the first half Market Harborough went into the half time break 2-0 down after Derby converted the only two chances they created.

The second half proved to bring much of the same with Harborough bursting through after some patient build ups yet conceding one more goal after a plethora of errors in front of their own goal. Player of the match was Laura Matthews.”

Women’s 2 won 4-0 at home to Leicester University Women’s 2

Goals: Niamh Arthur (2), Imogen March & Grace Clarke

Player of the Match was Niamh Arthur

“A sluggish start on Saturday ended with a strong performance as the Women’s 2s gained ground, kept possession and dominated the match. Once the team had got into the flow of the game, chances and penalty corners were created, and their work finally paid off as Imogen March got the first goal on the scoresheet.

1-0 to Harborough at the start of the second half, and the 2s were on the offensive from the off. After two consecutive penalty corners, with many shots on target thwarted by the skilful Uni GK, Niamh Arthur chipped the ball over the keeper, and a defender who had dived to the ground, into the goal. Only a few seconds after coming onto the pitch, midfielder Grace Clarke ran the ball straight into the D and took the opposition by surprise to get Harborough’s third. This was soon followed by another penalty corner, that was stopped by a defender on the line awarding the 2s a penalty flick; Niamh deftly put the ball away in the bottom left corner. 4-0 to Harborough.

A good team effort, after a slow beginning the team took hold of the second half and made it their own. Player of the Match was Niamh Arthur.”

Women’s 3 lost 1-9 away to Lutterworth Ladies 1

Goal: Laura Matthews

Player of the Match was shared by Mia Wheeler and Helen Clark

“Women’s 3 versus Lutterworth Ladies is historically a very tough game, where injuries tend to feature. Both scenarios were again the case this Saturday, with unpleasant injuries to a head and an ankle for two young players. 

The 3s were under attack from the off but managed to hang on for about 15 mins before conceding. As with previous seasons, we knew who the most dangerous players were but, despite our best efforts, they proved difficult to mark and the goal tally against us steadily grew. 

What was a marked difference to previous seasons, however, was our attacking play. Our young forwards got through and round the defence far more often than the goal tally suggests, winning short corners and causing the Lutterworth keeper some difficulties. The game ended in a 9-1 loss for us but there were more positives than the scoreline indicates. Player of the Match is shared between Mia Wheeler, for her fantastic attacking play, and Helen Clark for her consistent, stalwart defence – and for playing the full game without subbing! 

Thanks to Ruth Staunton for her fantastic support, again, and also to Laura Matthews, who made a guest appearance when, between our pre-existing injuries and our newly acquired injuries, we wouldn’t have been able to continue to field a full team otherwise.

Crossing fingers for speedy recoveries for our young ‘soldiers’ sustaining damages in the campaign.”

Mixed A lost 1-6 at home to Leicester Hospitals

Goal: Ryan Dryer

Player of the Match was Stephen Parr

“Mixed A’s faced Leicester Hospitals in the shunshine. The game did not get off to a good start, with miscommunication seeing Hospitals steal an early lead with a goal in the first two minutes!

Harborough regrouped and set about finding our feet, working our way into the game, looking for pockets of space further up the pitch, and maintaining possession. The first chance came following some neat link-up play between Ryan Dreyer and Liam McLean, with the latter ultimately shooting just wide of the left hand post. This seemed to rattle our opposition, and following some scrappy defending in the opposition D, Harborough were awarded a penalty flick. Ryan stepped up, and slotted it away off the post, 1-1.

Unfortunately this only fired up the opposition, as they attacked with more venom, scoring another, before a nasty wayward hockey stick clattered into one of the hardiest of the Mixed A’s, Stephen Parr. Prior to the injury he had worked hard to rob the opposition of the ball, and distributed well up into midfield, putting in an overall Player of the Match performance. Hospitals nabbed another just before half time to make it 3-1 going into the break.

At this point I’d love to say we regrouped and fired 3 past their keeper to come away with a win… but I can’t… with the score at the final whistle being 6-1. We did, however, show promise in the first 10 minutes of the second half, with Ellie Cawthrow working hard on the left hand side to pick up an aerial, and being placed well to have a go on goal. 

We need to find our winning ways again, take some of the pressure off of our defenders and the keeper – who yet again had a great game, diving from left to right to deny the opposition’s chances – by opening up more space from 16s.

Next week sees us travel to Oakham School, hopefully we return with further points added to our season tally.”

Badgers drew 2-2 away to Welford Badgers

Goals: Owen Arthur & Thomas Ainsworth

“We were playing against Welford this week and we knew it would be a hard game, but with our new team we came out strong and had a great game.

In the first half we scored two goals, one from Owen Arthur and one from Thomas Ainsworth, well done both, but the whole team kept the game in our advantage in the first half. In the second half we knew Welford would come back strong and they did. They overloaded us in the D and managed to score 2 back. We had a couple more opportunities, thanks to the girls in our team doing some great passing up the pitch, but we were closed down in their D everytime.

The final score was 2-2, which for a new team against Welford was a good result. Well done to Rory and Oliver, as it was their first game for Badgers and they were really strong in defence. Well done all.”

 


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