Results – 16/17th November
Another busy weekend of hockey at MHHC…
Men’s 1 won 3-1 at home to Coalville 2
Goals: Ryan Harrison (3)
Player of the Match: Ryan Harrison
“Men’s 1s had a tough game against Coalville 2s. The dribbling maestro that is Ryan Harrison scored a terrific hat-trick meaning the game finished 3-1 to Harborough. Looking forward to our top of the table clash next week against Leicester Westleigh.”
Men’s 2 lost 2-5 away to Northampton Saints 5
Goals: Thomas Parry & Richard Goswell
Player of the Match: Josh Moor
“Men’s 2 narrowly lost 5-2 away to league leaders Northampton Saints 5, despite some brilliant play.
Scorers were Richard Goswell, who has scored in almost every game this season and is bidding for 2s Player of the Season, and Thomas Parry.”
Men’s 3 drew 1-1 at home to Warwick 5
Goal: Owen Arthur
Player of the Match: Jake Partington
“After a tough game last week, Harborough Men’s 3 were determined to give it their best for the home crowd. Warwick 5s are the 3s nearest opponent in the current league standing and it proved to be a good game.
Straight from the start, the game was played in the attacking half where a number of good scoring opportunities were created, though unfortunately Harborough were unable to finish them with a point. As the 3s started rotating players, the team lost a bit of momentum – possibly due to missing the captain and some guidance from the back; and it probably didn’t help that most of the youngsters were only half the size of their direct opponent!
The game slowly drifted closer to the Harborough goal as Warwick started to take over our half of the pitch. The 3s goalkeeper, Jake Partington, did a brilliant penalty flick save, awarded after the ball got stuck underneath him. Thanks the 3s strong defence and GK Jake, Warwick only managed to get one in just before the end of the first half.
A quick reorganisation and strategy chat took place and we were ready to start the second half with fighting spirit, and with the sun in our back, we started attacking again. Although the majority of the half was played equally on both sides, Harborough started gaining momentum. Attack after attack was launched on the opposition’s goal, but it wasn’t until Owen Arthur made a very powerful shot from the edge of the circle that we got our equaliser.
For the remainder of the game both sides had some great chances of scoring but the combination of defence and goalkeeper seemed unwilling to allow any more points on the scorecard. A great game by both sides.”
Women’s 2 won 2-0 away to Leicester City Ladies 5s
Goals: Lucy James (2)
Player of the Match: Sue Henderson
“A good performance from the Harborough team sealed another win on Saturday. The team rallied throughout to keep possession of the ball, while the strong defence kept Leicester away from the Harborough D, and the young midfield and forwards created swift attacks towards the Leicester end.
Lucy James was on hand to put away a couple of sweet goals and receive Player of the Match from the opposition, and Sue Henderson claimed the Harborough Player of the Match for her hard graft in midfield. Well played all!”
Badgers lost 0-4 at home to Leicester Men’s
“It was a tough match this week for our young Badgers team, but that didn’t stop them playing with passion until the end whistle. The team did break into the Leicester D on a number of occasions but unfortunately couldn’t get one into the net to get a point on the board.
Well done to the whole team for strong performance.”
Mixed A lost 0-10 away to Leicester Medics
Player of the Match: Beth Pedler
“Whether the first goal was attributable to us still going through the pre-match ritual of what is that players name is open for debate but the second was definitely down to miserable defending by yours truly. By the time they’d got a third they’d cottoned on to the fact that we’d got a slight flaw in our formation and that it stayed at three was only down to last ditch defending on the part of everyone.
At half-time we sorted ourselves out and sailed into the second half with strengthened resolve and promptly shipped a further four before tweaking the defence further with GK Beth pushed up to the edge of the D and Tom Pedler sweeping behind. (Suffice to say that this is a formation that if it ever gets used again will be coming to an A&E Department near you very soon!) The opposition scored a further three in this period, but Tom did make several belting goal line clearances.
Beth won Player of the Match for her undinted enthusiasm and willingness to be peppered with the ball, and for her attempt to keep the score to single figures. That she didn’t was down to me, for after narrowly missing the opportunity to score an own goal in the first half I managed to bag one in the second. As for everyone else, heroes the lot of you for your tireless efforts in trying to shore up my poor performance. It didn’t go unnoticed by myself and I promise won’t let you down next week!”
U16 Girls won 4-2 against Bourne Deeping
Goals: Liv Edwins (2), Maisie Howe and Emma Sleeman
U16 Boys lost 1-9 against Hampton in Arden
Goal: Thomas Parry
“Our U16 teams played their second England Hockey Championships matches at home, this time with a win for the Girls and a loss for the Boys. Both games were exciting and competitive, and our youngsters played extremely well. Well played all!”