Results – 10th November
Match results and reports from last Saturday…
Men’s 1 won 12-1 at home to Coventry & North Warwickshire 2
Goals: Jon Cooper (3), Ben Sleeman (3), Tom Williams (3), Nick Hall, Ali Williams & Tom Whitehouse
Player of the Match was Jon Cooper
“Harborough 1s took on a Coventry and North Warwickshire team on a delightful November afternoon. And what a performance from the Harborough boys!
Harborough did not stoop to their level and were as ruthless as possible as they romped to a 12-1 win. Excellent short corners gave Jon Cooper a good first half hat-trick, further goals from Ben Sleeman (3), Tom Williams (3), Nick Hall, Ali Williams and Tom Whitehouse, capped a brilliant display. Tougher tests to come but a good performance from the boys in green!”
Men’s 2 lost 0-4 at home to Oundle 1
“The Men’s 2s entertained joint league leaders Oundle 1’s in an entertaining and combative fixture at Welland Park. Oundle scored two either side of half time, with a Player of the Match goalkeeping performance limiting the damage.
With performances improving every week, it will surely only be time before we start pushing up the table.”
Men’s 3 lost 0-3 away to Rugby & East Warwickshire 6
“After some late cancellations, Harborough were short of players. Mike Haynes-Coote, a parent, nobly put on the pads and took the role of keeper. Rugby put the pressure on early, forcing Harborough to defend with a lot of the ball staying in their half, however, Harborough did show their strength by creating chances and attacking well – more so, as the half went on. It was all square at the half, 0-0.
Rugby were fully switched on as soon as the whistle was blown, the same couldn’t be said for Harborough… In quick succession, Rugby attacked several times, scoring twice in the process – it was a wake-up call for Harborough as everyone switched back on and played how they had finished the last half.
Throughout the rest of the half, there was no dominant side as both teams charged from end-to-end. Rugby struck again with a strong slap from an improbable angle making it 3-0. Harborough pushed harder than ever, forcing Rugby back but time wasn’t on their side. Despite a hard-fought game, it finished 3-0 to Rugby. Incredible effort from everyone, well played Harborough!”
Mixed A lost 0-3 away to Barbarians
“The Mixed A set off to Soar Valley Leisure Centre and this time we were at the right pitch! We were up against Barbarians who we knew were a strong team so this would be a good and well fought out game; which it turned out to be.
As per most games it was raining, but that didn’t put the Mixed off as they stayed wide awake and dominated half of the first half. With the midfield working their socks off, running around everywhere, and the upfront being in the right positions where we needed them to be, so we could get high balls up to them. Unfortunately the opposition managed to get two goals making the score 2-0 to them.
During the team talk we spoke about how well we were doing considering the opposition are a well structured team. But that didn’t put us off how we play and how well we were playing. We marked well and put pressure on the opposition to slip up, giving us the breaks we needed, and spent most of the second half in their 23. There were a few short corners but that didn’t stop the defenders and super keeper Jake Wilson from saving the goals. Adam Pardon and Stephen Parr are also two names to mention this week as they kept the back together, communicated well with the whole team, and made some amazing interceptions. Overall everybody played brilliantly! You should all be proud of yourselves.
The final score was 3-0 to Barbarians, however, like each game it doesn’t reflect on how well the Mixed played. Huge welcome back to Martyn Wilkinson who made his welcome return, and a huge thanks to Toby Fletcher for helping out.”
Badgers won 5-2 away to Northampton Saints 2
Goals: Natalie Baumler, Theo Powys-Smith, Luke Reeves, Cian Kirke & Thomas Ainsworth
“Another great game against Saints, we won 5-2 with some of our new players getting goals.
Saints made us work very hard for the win. At half time it was 2-2 and could have gone either way, but we came out in the second half and kept our shape and scored more!
Well played Kiera Watson, Luca Dare and Theo Powys-Smith as this was their first proper game with Badgers. Well played all, and a big thanks to Matthew Hodgson (in goal) and Matti Hodgson who stepped in to help the team out this week.”
Women’s 1 lost 12-1 at home to University of Nottingham Women’s 2nd
Goal: Liv Edwins
Player of the Match was Beth Pedler
Women’s 2 lost 1-2 away to Charnwood Sileby Ladies 1s
Goal: Mia Wheeler
Player of the Match was Mia Wheeler
“The Women’s 2 match was a top-of-the-table tussle away to Charnwood Sileby Ladies 1s. Not to be deterred, the 2s put up a tremendous fight and the match could have gone either way as both teams fought to keep possession. The opposition were the first to score with a scrappy affair from a short corner. Harborough soon equalised with what may-well-be the goal of the season! From an attacking build-up, Liane Brookin sent the ball into the Dee for Mia Wheeler to swiftly volley the ball up and over the keeper.
Charnwood started the second half with renewed vigour and scored their second in free play. The 2s applied pressure, working hard to create many chances and numerous short corners to the end, but it wasn’t to be. The final score was 2-1 to Charnwood.
Great work 2s, a match to be proud of against an experienced team!”
Women’s 3 won 0-6 at home to Leicester University Women’s 2
Goals: Mia Wheeler (4) & Ruby Howe (2)
Player of the Match was shared by Mia Wheeler & Ruby Howe
“Well, we wondered if – hoped that – the double rainbow we witnessed as we warmed up might be a sign, and who knows? Maybe it was, because… we won!
The team had a few players missing and a few out of position – notably Helen in goal, who was very imposing in the only penalty corner the opposition managed – plus Charlotte Lewis and Takara Walker, who both worked hard on their marking and turned the ball over countless times. There was also some great work from Emily Williams and Emily Murray in the middle, Faith Nayor’s fab control, Evie Hunter’s devastating attacking play, Pip Frank’s incredible running down the line, plus the hard-working support, again, of Ruth Staunton and Grace Howe.
In fairness, the outcome was aided by a distinct lack of determination from the opposition, but four fantastic goals from Mia Wheeler, who proved very difficult to stop, and tow brilliantly poached goals from Ruby Howe (the two sharing Player of the Match between them) and the majority of the team having the majority of the play in the Leicester Uni’s half reflects that the Women’s 3s, as a team, properly ‘played up’! So V V proud: 6-0!”