Results – 20th October
MHHC match reports from last Saturday….
Men’s 1 won 6-2 away to Berkswell & Balsall Common 2
Goals: Jon Cooper (2), Ben Sleeman (2), Ryan Harrison & Nick Hall
Player of the Match was Ben Sleeman
“The Men’s 1s played away against Berkswell 2’s. After a late withdrawal, the Men’s 1s went with 11 men and no keeper. Playing with a ‘kicking back’, we tentatively took to the pitch and managed to dominate the first half with more outfield players going 4-0 up. Pick of the goals was Nick Hall’s deft flick into the corner!
The second half was slightly more subdued with tired legs. Man of the Match, Ben Sleeman, scored a brilliant goal late in the half to make the final score 6-2. Overall, Harborough played excellently with slick short corners, clinical finishing and dogged defending.”
Men’s 2 lost 0-5 away to Atherstone Adders 2
Player of the Match was GK Gary Pedler
“Men’s 2 travelled to league leaders Atherstone and despite great debuts from up and coming stars – Thomas Parry, Theo Pemberton and Joshua Osborne – the 2s sadly lost by tight margins. A closely fought end-to-end game, but it was reassuring that whilst the results aren’t quite there yet, Harborough’s performances continue to improve every week.
Man of the match was GK Gary Pedler for a fantastic one-handed penalty save.”
Men’s 3 lost 1-8 at home to Coalville Town 4
Goal: Stefano Bensi
Player of the Match was Owen Arthur
“Men’s 3s played Coalville 4s at home; Cian Kirke, Thomas Ainsworth and Owen Arthur each had their league debut. Coalville scored four before Stefano Bensi put one past the Coalville goalie, unfortunately Coalville scored one more so Coalville were leading 5-1 at half time.
Harborough put pressure on the Coalville defence quickly as Cian Kirke and Owen Arthur narrowly missed the back of the net. However, Coalville scored once more making it 5-1. A penalty flick was given away in Coalville’s favour as keeper Mathew Hodgson, Niek Nijsen and a Coalville attacker ran in to each other – the penalty flick was given because of obstruction. This was scored and one final goal in the last seconds of the match made the final score: Coalville 8-1 Market Harborough.
The score didn’t reflect the game as Harborough were much more dominant in the second half and were very unlucky to finish their chances. Player of the Match went to Owen Arthur after a terrific debut game and the chances he created going forwards.”
Mixed A lost 0-4 away to Rutland Horseshoes
“Mixed A set out to play Rutland Horseshoes knowing this was going to be a good but hard game.
The first half went well; we made clear passes and made some great interceptions. This week we started to use our width more which at times paid off. The defence and keeper Jake Wilson were on their toes as the opposition kept coming into our 23; midfield came back to mark and our forwards were in the correct place waiting for a break. We had a few shots on goal, however, the score at the end of the first half was 3-0 to Rutland Horseshoes.
After a half time talk and a change of formation, the mixed were ready to go. Compared to the first half we played outstandingly. We made more passing and spent more time in their half, with a lot of shots on goal but they had a good goal keeper. When the opposition had a break, our defence were waiting ready for them. We made a lot of good tackles and interceptions, especially one from Vanessa Riley who intercepted the ball after the opposition made a sloppy 16 hit out.
The final score was 4-0 to the opposition. Everyone played amazing. Many thanks to Gary and Charlie for helping us out! Next game is at home next week. 1pm pushback, it’s our first cup game of the season so all the support we can get will be greatly appreciated.”
Women’s 1 lost 1-2 away to Belper Ladies 2s
Goal: Megan Purdie
Player of the Match was Hattie Hammond
Women’s 2 won 3-2 at home to Lutterworth Ladies 1
Goals: Mia Wheeler (2) & Tracy James
Player of the Match was Mia Wheeler
“Women’s 2s were hoping for a good match against local rivals, Lutterworth Ladies, and that is exactly what they got as both teams worked hard from the offset.
Harborough opened the scoreline with a tight angled shot on target from Tracy James. After a number of chances, a penalty corner was saved by the opposition’s GK for Mia Wheeler to pick up the rebound and sneak the ball through the GKs legs. Lutterworth made a quick break and snuck through the 2s tight defence to collect their first goal moments before the break.
The 2s kept up the pressure to be rewarded with a number of penalty corners, where Mia turned a goal-line scramble into a result as she tapped the ball in. Lutterworth broke through to get their second, but Harborough dug deep and kept the opposition in their own half for the the remainder of the match. Final score 3-2 to Harborough.
Mia Wheeler was voted Player of the Match for her determination to score. In an exciting match, the cohesion of the team and work-rate from all was evident, well played everyone!”
Women’s 3 won 2-1 away to Roundhill Women’s 1
Goals: Emily Williams & Evie Hunter
Player of the Match was Faith Naylor
“Thanks to Willlian Humphries for stepping in today to make sure 3’s game versus Roundhill didn’t have to be rescheduled and was instead enabled to go ahead… because… wait for it… we won! Yay!
Some fantastic positioning and play, again, from our young forwards led to our first goal, beautifully taken by Evie Hunter. A well-struck shot from Emily Williams (making a welcome return to her hard-running best after a lengthy injury) in a short corner – not even our only one of the game – led to our second goal not long before half-time.
The defence, working hard in the second half to protect stand-in goalie Helen Fletcher, instead delivered her the ”opportunity” to learn, on the spot, all about flicks! Despite some fabulous saves during open play, saving the first penalty she’d ever faced was a little too much to expect and we were at 1-2.
The whole team worked hard then to hang on to our advantage, with Amber Swinglehurst particularly notable in her determination and work-rate, and we scrambled to the final whistle victorious and a tad relieved! Thanks again to Ruth Staunton for her support and for commanding our defence. Player of the Match could again be shared between lots of our players for improved marking and a fantastic work rate, and Ellie Southwell’s intelligent running off the ball was notable, but Faith Naylor, who played us out of trouble a number of times today just edges our Player of the Match. Thanks all. Great work!”