Results – 27th October

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Our results from last Saturday.

Men’s 1 won 11-1 at home to Coventry City University 1

Goals: Ben Sleeman (5), Jon Cooper (2), Nick Hall (2), Simon Paine & Ali Williams

“A commanding victory for Market Harborough Mens 1’s versus an average Coventry University team. Four early goals from Harborough’s fluid forward-play killed the game and Harborough never looked back.

Ruthless forward play and slick short corners gave Harborough a convincing 11-1 win against a weak opposition! Tougher opponents await but you can only beat who is in front of you!”

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Photos by Ben Langdown

Men’s 2 won 3-1 at home to Nuneaton 2

Goals: Noel Burton (2) & Matt Cook

Men’s 3 lost 3-6 away to Leicester 4

Goals: Niek Nijsen, Wyn Sleeman & Phil Dickinson

Mixed A lost 0-4 at home to Loughborough Carillon A in their Cup match

“The mixed didn’t play an ordinary league game, this was our cup game against Loughborough Carillons A’s. The weather was rain, icy winds and even sightings of snow… practically the right hockey weather.

In the first half we played the formation and same tactics as always, We made some great interceptions and made the correct passes and we made our breaks. However, at the end of the the first half the score was 2-0 to them.

During the half time talk Harborough were ready to go for round two. We played really well, but the score at the final whistle was 4-0. The score would’ve been more if it wasn’t for our amazing keeper, Jake Wilson, who made some great saves that even left the opposition speechless.

Thank you to all the supporters who came down and cheered us on, especially in the icy conditions.”

Women’s 1 lost 0-1 at home to Newark Ladies I

Player of the match was Vicky Christodoulou

“Despite another rousing performance against tough opposition Women’s 1s suffered a tight home defeat. Going into the break, against a Newark team who had beaten us 5-1 away from home last season, having not conceded gave the team a glimmer of hope. We played some flowing attacking hockey and soaked up the defensive pressure as a cohesive unit with a work ethic which never faltered.

However, the ranks were broken late on in the second half with Newark scrambling the ball over the line after a goal mouth battle. Harborough continued to push forward with belief but couldn’t convert any of the changes created. The final score remained 0-1 but the ladies can take solice in the manner in which we played, the teamwork and the determination shown which can and will be taken forward to the rest of the season.” 

Women’s 3 lost 0-5 at home to Ashby Ladies 3s

“Having gone above Ashby 3s in the league last weekend, MHW3 went into this match expecting a tough game. 

Without a few of our usual players, the task ahead was made more difficult by young players having to take responsibility for different roles than they are used to – but, there was no need to worry… they FULLY stepped up. 

Some excellent defending from our back four, with Amber Swinglehurst and Charlotte Lewis playing their hearts out under direction from Helen Clark and Charis Simpkin, who held the oppo off until 28 mins and, with support from Grace Howe and the mid, kept it to 0-2 by half-time. 

There was some fantastic work from stand-in mid players Takara Walker and Ruby Howe to turn the ball over and get it to our hard-working forwards – Ellie Southwell, Evie Hunter, Helen Fletcher, Louise Hosie and Mia Wheeler – who made the very experienced Ashby defence work hard, but couldn’t quite convert the chances to goals. 

It was notable that Ashby losing their cool coincided with a significant spell for Harborough in their 23. From this point on we had to work really hard to focus. Despite some very good second half saves from GK Beth Pedler, we found it harder and harder to get through their press, defending tough short corner after tough short corner and we lost the game 0-5.

Given the difficult circumstances, the youngsters, particularly, ought to be commended for maintaining their focus and, thanks also, as usual, for the support from the sidelines.”

 


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