Results – 1st February
Our results from the weekend…
Men’s 1 won 5-0 away to University of Warwick 3
Goals: Jon Cooper (2), Jonathan Ashwin (2) & Nick Hall
Men’s 2 drew 2-2 at home to University of Warwick 4
Goals: Richard Goswell & Harry Wilford
Player of the Match: Harry Wilford
Men’s 3 won 2-0 at home to Rugby & East Warwickshire 7
Goals: Thomas Ainsworth & Niek Nijsen
Player of the Match: Cian Kirke
“An early short corner created an early goal from a rebound off the keeper, scored by Thomas Ainsworth. Soon after, a great deflection saw Harborough go 2-0 up with Niek Nijsen scoring it.
Harborough carried on battling through the game, mostly dominating it, with the occasional attack from the opposition. Nothing came from this because of the solid Harborough Defence.
Player of the Match went to Cian Kirke because of some excellent skills and great effort. The game ended with a win to Harborough and the final score being 2-0.”
Women’s 1 won 5-2 away to Half Century 1
Goals: Milly Docherty (3), Hattie Hammond & Ellie John
Player of the Match: Hattie Hammond
“Women’s 1s beat Half Century 5-2 today but not without making Dave sweat on the sidelines!
Harborough started positively dominating possession and creating space in the Half Century defence, for Olivia Edwins to drive through off the right wing and slip the ball across the goal with Emma Blake agonisingly close to making an early breakthrough. The rest of the half followed suit and it seemed only a matter of time before that goal would come. The 1s had to wait until the last moments of the half, winning a short corner just as the whistle blew. The whole team stepped forward to pack the D with Sally Trappitt-Jones slipping the ball to the back post for Milly Docherty to tap home.
Harborough consolidated the lead shortly after the break with a great sweeping move starting with Emma winning the ball on the baseline, slipping it in to Charlotte Smith who switched it out to Olivia on the right, before setting up Hattie Hammond to round off the move (a goal out of Dave’s textbook!).
Harborough switched off at the back and allowed Half Century to score two quick fire goals to level it up at 2-2. Not wanting to let their heads drop, Harborough pushed on determined not to slip to a 3rd straight defeat. Hattie was fired up, winning the ball back and feeding the ball to Sam Care who burst into the D from the back before slipping it to Milly to score.
After getting back in-front there was no looking back, with Harborough bursting forward at every opportunity. Milly rounded off her hat-trick with a tap in at the back post before the goal no one expected… captain, Ellie John, found herself with space in the D to smash home and round off a fantastic victory. Fantastic effort all round and finally got the result we deserved after some great recent performances.”
Women’s 3 won 7-0 at home to Roundhill 1
Goals: Laura Jarmulewski (4) & Helen Fletcher (3)
“The first half proved to be a damp squib of finishing in front of goal despite Harborough’s attacking dominance. Roundhill never even looked like getting over the half way line which allowed Rosie Glenister the opportunity to take a well earned nap and let Ady “The Great Wall of China” Kendall press forward in a display of creative genius. Half time came and the score remained stalemate.
In what seemed to be the longest half of hockey ever played in the history of the game, Helen Fletcher finally broke the deadlock in an exquisitely dispatched 1-on-1 with the flailing keeper. She then added to her tally not 5 minutes later after Amy Evans had, once again, sidestepped gracefully up the right wing and passed an expertly timed ball to Laura Jarmulewski to cross the ball to Fletcher to pass into an empty net. The 3s had opened the scoring floodgate.
Jarmulewski increased the lead to 3-0 after an untidy short corner scramble but her next goal was an example of team work poetry. Ella Partridge stormed from her defensive line and roped in the expertise of Kendall who passed the ball to Jarmulewski. Jarmulewski weaved and turned before passing the ball to Evans. Evans held the ball up and gave it back to Jarmulewski to slot past the keeper. 4-0 soon turned to 5-0 when Fletcher earned her hat-trick by wrong footing the keeper. The 6th came from Partridge when she broke through the middle of the park and stamped like a storm of buffalo into the D before being halted in her progress by the baseline. She was deft in her thinking and laid it back to Jarmulewski to thwack it in towards the goal. The final nail in the 7-0 drubbing came in a similar fashion. The keeper had clearly just given up her will to even bother and watched the poorly hit ball stumble past her at the near post.”
Badgers lost 1-3 away to Northampton Saints 1
Goal: Ben Matthews
“The Badgers team might have been short of a couple of players this week, but they certainly weren’t short of enthusiasm. Starting the first half on the back foot, playing into the sun and without a goalkeeper, resulted in an inevitable goal tally against Harborough; but it didn’t dampen the team’s spirits as the youngsters displayed plenty of skill on the ball and some lovely passing hockey throughout the half.
With the sun on their backs, and Saints lending their goalkeeper to the visitors, the teams were level pegging during the second half as Harborough again played some beautiful passing hockey and outwitted their opponents. Ben Matthews scored a well deserved goal, which started from the back, and passed to almost every Harborough player before Ben hit the backboard. Saints only got through the Badgers defence once to keep the second half score a tie. Well played all!”