Results – 12th January
Results and reports from the weekend – for some teams, Saturday saw the first matches back after the Christmas break.
Men’s 1 won 8-1 at home to Coalville Town 3
Goals: Ali Williams (2), Ben Sleeman (2), Tom Whitehouse (2) & Nick Hall (2)
Player of the Match was Adam Smith
Men’s 2 lost 0-8 away to Northampton Saints 3
Player of the Match was GK Gary Pedler
“Men’s 2s travelled to Northampton Saints for a closely battled match… In truth, there was a slim margin between the teams. Harborough came close several times through efforts by Noel Burton, Matt Cook, Joe Butler and Ben Morgan Williams. Unfortunately the 2s were just that little bit too rusty after the Christmas break and Saints edged the match.
Player of the Match was close with votes all around, but Gary Pedler took the honour for a stunning one handed save of a shot, taken on the volley and clocked at 112mph! See you all next week.”
Men’s 3 drew 2-2 away to Leamington 3
Goals: Thomas Parry & Harry Wilford
“The first game back after the Christmas break and there was still a bit of rust on both teams as Harborough played Leamington. Harborough started the game very well by piling on a lot of pressure and having most of the possession. After a few near misses Harborough finally scored – a dribble along the baseline and then a shot through the keepers legs by Thomas Parry.
Leamington came back strong after the goal, and some sloppy play from Harborough led to a short corner where Leamington’s routine was executed well. Leamington scored again, a bit of a scrappy goal but it doesn’t matter how it was scored, just as long as it was scored, 2-1. Harborough equalised just before the half, a short corner slipped right, the ball was played across and tapped in by Harry Wilford, 2-2 at half time.
Harborough started getting tired and lost their shape, but the same was happening to Leamington. End-to-end action ensued as both teams tried to find a goal. This didn’t happen though, Harborough had a goal disallowed and both teams came extremely close but the game ended as a draw. A good game and a point for Harborough.”
Women’s 2 lost 0-3 away to Melton Ladies 1st XI (Round 1 Cup match)
Player of the Match was GK Vicky Christodoulou.
“The Women’s 2s first match of 2019 was away to Melton in Round 1 of the Cup.
Playing away to a team in the Division above did not hinder the 2s, who played well from the outset. Although it was clear that Harborough had been off the pitch for a while, they soon settled and made Melton work hard for the ball. Harborough kept possession, and had a number of chances on goal, but it was not to be; the experience of the opposition was hard to match as they took, and kept, the lead. The 2s kept battling to the very end, with a number of near misses in the final minutes, but the end result was 3-0 to Melton (who were heard to say ‘they made us work for it!’). Well played all!”
Women’s 3 lost 0-8 at home to Loughborough Town 3 (Round 1 Cup match)
“The first game since November for 3s was a cup game against Loughborough Town 3, a team who beat us when we travelled to Loughborough earlier in the season. It was obviously going to be a(nother) tough game and the aim was to use it as an opportunity to practise together after a break of 6 weeks, and also to look at a different formation.
Tentative play in the first half, possibly not quite backing ourselves when we should have, meant the opposition got more time on the ball than they deserved. The second half was played with greater confidence and the talent among the young players was in evidence. In the end, however, so many chances that weren’t quite converted, compared with quite a few, including a penalty flick, that were fully converted meant the final score was 0-8.
Incredible effort, commitment and skill displayed by so many of the team – thank you all.”
Badgers won 4-1 away to Wellingborough
Goals: Cian Kirke (2), Emily Doe & Owen Arthur
“The first game back of the new year and what a great game! The Badgers kept their shape throughout the match and it was not long before Emily Doe scored the first goal. Wellingborough soon pulled one back, by having a constant player moving in our D – they slipped a ball through to them on the back post and they scored.
Harborough did not give up and had two more goals from Cian Kirke, and one from Owen Arthur. The Badgers kept the ball for most of the second half thanks to Harborough passing the ball well throughout the whole game. Well played all.”