Harborough Spencers 1 Crick 2
Spencers run of poor results followed on this week as visitors Crick took all
three points against the run of play. They went ahead early in the first half when Spencers failed to pick up a runner from
the midfield. The home team then dug in and began to put on the pressure, playing good football in patches despite the pitch
not being at its best. The equalizer came via a penalty, which the captain Simon Wilson stuck away with ease. They could have
taken the lead forcing the keeper to make several good saves. Despite the game being so one sided, Crick stole the points
scoring a scrappy goal late on. Although now firmly placed at the bottom of the league, Spencers have been consistently unlucky
as effort and quality of their football still reaching high standards.
9th November 02
Harborough Spencers 0 Weedon 1
On the back of a good result last week Spencers looked forward to carry the
same form into todays match against Weedon. The heavy pitch made it a hard game for both sides to take control of the ball.
Weedon scored early, latching on to a back pass beating the keeper and passing into an empty net.
The Harborough side rallied at half time and came out determined to get the
equalizer. Despite the conditions, Spencers played well in patches putting together some flowing moves but were still unable
to score. Weedon really felt the pressure in the last 20minutes of play, Spencers won a succession of corners and other chances
but still failed to find the net. The game finished 1-0 to Weedon who would have gone home feeling lucky to take all 3 points.
2nd Nov 02
Harborough Spencers 1 Brixworth 1
Poor conditions didnt deter Spencers from their best game of the season against
good opposition at Brixworth this week. They went behind early in the first half when a corner found the net by an own goal.
In the second half Spencers proved their metal coming close several times before
Jason Vye hit a crisp shot to score following a flowing move. Although Brixworth had a few good attempts on goal, Spencers
keeper who kept the door firmly closed. It was Spencers who could have taken all three points after being awarded a penalty.
The captain Simon Wilson stepped up, but he saw his placed shot go inches wide of the post. It ended 1-1 in a competitive
but fair match and Spencers can now feel they have turned a corner and carry many positive points from the game.
26th Oct 02
Harborough SpencersFC reserves 0 Milton Reserves 2
This week Spencers were able to put a strong side out against Milton but still
had problems finding the net. Slick passing and possession football created a handful of chances for the Harborough side but
they were unable to find the finishing touch. It was Milton who took the lead breaking the offside trap and sliding home past
Further attempts were handled well, the defence looked solid and the keeper
made some fine saves. In the second half Spencers began to shine, despite the score line they were in control and looked impressive
both going forward and defending. Advances on goal from Spencers were still fruitless and Milton scored their second against
the play. Although the game was lost, the performance on the field could have been Spencers best and they should carry the
attitude with them next week in the county cup.
Harborough Spencers 0 Potterspury 3
This week Spencers had the long journey to Potterspury. The trip seemed to
be too far as Spencers struggled to get out of the blocks. Two early goals from Potterspury took the sting out of the game,
a late penalty to make it 3-0 proved to be the only highlight of the second half.
Harborough Spencers Reserves 0 Kettering Nomads 6
The reserves suffered a heavy defeat at the hands of Kettering Nomads. 4-0
down at half time there was no way back for Spencers but stern defending in the second half only leaked a further two goals.
Under strength and out played the reserves could still find optimism in the fact that key players are due back next week.
12th Oct 02
Harborough Spencers 2 Moulton 2
This week Spencers took on high flyers Moulton in what was their toughest game
so far this season. The Harborough side started brightly against a well-organised
Moulton defence. Ross Mitchell put Spencers ahead 15 minutes into the game. Good work from Nick Penny in the midfield put
Ross through who guided the ball past the advancing keeper under a strong challenge from behind.
Spencers were let off for some questionable defending, Moulton unable to score
from the penalty spot after a foul in the box.
At the half Spencers were now comfortable and growing in confidence. In the
second half the balance of play evened out and both teams went close to scoring drawing good saves from each keeper.
Persistence paid off when Ross Mitchell scored his second embarrassed the Moulton
keeper with a looping shot from 35 yards. 2 nil up and only minutes to go Spencers seemed to be in control.
The points ended up shared though as two late goals from Moulton took the shine
off an otherwise good performance from Harborough.
HarboroughSpencers Res 1 Potterspury 1
A bare 11 faced a much-improved Potterspury this week. Both teams could only
carve out a few chances and at the half the points were shared 0-0.
Potterspury broke the deadlock minutes into the second half scoring from a
corner. Spencers drew level when Chris Piazza slotted home on the end of a Jim Burton cross. The goal proved to be an important
one as the gamed ended 1-1 and earned Spencers a much-needed point.
Harborough Spencers 5 Evington 7 after extra time.
Spencers came up against Evington this week in the first round of the county
cup in a 12-goal thriller. It looked as though an early exit was to come as they found themselves 4-0 down at half time. But
a fight back started by Dean Mitchell saw confidence grow. Goals followed from Nick Penny, Jim Burton his first for the club,
made a game of it. Hard work going forward was rewarded late on as Ross Mitchell came off the bench to level the score.
It looked as though Harborough would win the tie when Chris Church edged the
score to 5-4 in the first period of extra time. But it was Evington who had all the luck scoring again to draw the score line
and then netting twice more to leave the score an unbelievable 5-7. Although beaten, Spencers can draw on the positive side
of their game, they are still creating good chances and have quality players still be come back from injury.
Harborough Spencers Reserves 2 Corby Pegasus 3
The first chance of the game came early on for sticker Adam Manton, a cleaver
chip going close. Minutes later Harborough saw a penalty appeal for handball not given, although this would have been a harsh
decision a second and clear-cut foul inside the box should have been given. Again play was waved on and it was Pegasus who
scored first, netting after a favourable bounce put them through.
The second half saw Pegasus become the dominant side and went two up rather
fortunately when a deep cross-drifted in helped by the wind.
Substitute Simon Wellard immediately made his presence felt putting in a good
cross for Adam Manton to head home. Spencers equalizer came from a Dave Nibloe free kick with little over 10 minutes to go.
Spencers were again denied another penalty, this time the clearest of all but
with the referee still on the half way line, his assistant was reluctant to put his flag up against his own men. It was Pegasus
who won the day scoring a scrappy goal near the end.
Harborough Spencers 2 Weedon 3
Unlucky Spencers travelled to Weedon with high hopes on the back of a good
performance last week. Although going behind on early on
impressive play in the first half was rewarded with goals from Simon Wilson
and Dean Mitchell, making the score 2-1 at the half and in control.
Weedon began to apply the pressure but it was Spencers who were creating the
chances to seal the game. They were made to pay the price for several missed
opportunities when Weedon drew level with only ten minutes to go.
Worse was to come as Spencers let go of any hope of points losing another goal
in the final minutes. Poor finishing and at times poor defending are to blame
for another loss and a tricky start to the season. Must do better will be the call from all concerned.
Harborough Spencers 2 Bugbrooke
St Micheal 0
Spencers came away with their first points of the campaign, beating Bugbrooke
2-0. With a depleted squad and a sole striker in Gary Woodhouse, Spencers were able to deal with an impressive start by Bugbrooke.
More pressure came but solid performances from the defence and keeper shut
out all attempts on goal. Spencers went ahead with a superb solo effort from Max Harris, dancing around several defenders
before slotting home.
After the half the pattern
of play continued with Spencers only able to hit on the break. They got their second after James Marks gambled on a poor back
pass and was able to round the keeper, for his first of the year
Harborough Spencers 2 Heyford 2
This week saw Spencers travel to Heyford with a bare 11 and no first choice
Overall, the managers comment was excellent as each player put in 100% for
the full 90 minutes.
Spencers should have gone in the lead early after S Wilson found himself in
the clear and unselfishly squared the ball to T Brown who should have done better putting his shot wide from close range.
Against the run of play it was Heyford who took the lead, braking down the
right flank, the cross leading to a tap in at the far post.
After the half Heyford began the press Spencers defence but couldnt find a
way through to get their second. It was the Harborough side that scored the level the game, T Brown this time finding the
net with a low shot into the corner.
The goal seemed to stun Heyford and the balance of play went with Spencers.
But again Heyford went in front hitting on the break.
It was Ian Storer who levelled the game again with a little over 10 minutes
to go, firing in a shot from 20 yards. Spencers then dug in and held on for the draw with the defence again proving solid.
Harborough Spencers Reserves 0 PotterspuryReserves 1
The reserves this week faced Potterspury at home. Spencers soon took control
of the game with Potterspurys attacking efforts easily dealt with. But as the half progressed it was Spencers who were unable
to create chances.
The second half continued until,
with only 20 minutes to go, the tide began to turn. Potterspury were able to make chances, but the keeper looked unbeatable
making several good saves.
Spencers went close when the left back failed to keep down a free header from
With only 5 minutes remaining Potterspury took the points, scoring after an
initial mistake in the midfield. The reserves will look back feeling they should have been easy winners against an unimpressive
14th Sept 02
Harborough SpencersFC 3 Kettering
With four games gone and still no points, it was vital that Spencers improve
on what so far had been a poor start to the season. This week they entertained Kettering Nomads at home.
It seemed that previous results were forgotten with Harborough playing their
best football so far this season. This spell however, only lasted for the first 10 minutes of the game and it was no surprise
that the tactic of defending from the front was once again ineffective.
By the half, Harborough found themselves a goal down at 1-0 and were looking
unlikely to score. But with 15 minutes gone Ian Storer converted a free kick just yards outside the box. Struck well, it easierly
beat the keeper going in the top corner.
Encouraging play followed with Harborough winning several corners.
The pressure paid off with captain Lee Whitehill heading in his first goal
of this season following a well placed cross from Simon Wilson. With only 6 minutes from the end Wilson put his name on the
score sheet again with a header beating both defender and keeper. The score now 3-1 to Harborough, it looked that this week
the points were in the bag. Minutes later Marcus Kierle was almost rewarded for his tireless performance during the game,
finding himself in the clear, a clever chip over the keeper just shaving the far post.
With their first win of the season Spencers rose from the bottom of the league
and can now leave behind the poor start so far.
7th Sept 02
Harborough Spencers 1
This week Spencers entertained Harpole looking for their first points of the
season so far. The first minutes saw both sides playing good football with Harborough having a bright start.
They nearly went ahead 20 minutes in with Nick Penny steering wide from a corner.
Confidence grew and Harborough began to press the play by defending from the front. This tactic went against them with Harpole
hitting on the break and found men over at the far post to take the lead. Spencers nearly levelled the game when Nick Penny
broke free, he was able to round the keeper but saw his shot hit the side netting.
Shortly before half time Harpole doubled their lead making short work of the
home sides defence crossing from the by-line for an easy tap in.
At the half it, was Harborough who had to ask themselves how Harpole were able
to have men free so often. Harpole emerged the brighter of the two sides and netted again just after the restart. But a Matt
Jones header gave Harborough a lifeline making it 3-1. This was quickly cancelled out when Harpole again broke away and rounded
the keeper, this time the striker made no mistake in scoring.
It got worse still, with Spencers once again pressing Harpoles defence leaving
holes and a goalmouth scramble ended with another goal to the visitors. At this point 5-1 down Harborough actually seemed
to lift their play and looked the better side. The passing became better and chances were made, although none converted. This
spell lasted for ten minutes before Harpole found the net again for the last time rounding off a miserable afternoon for the
home side. With Spencers once again unable to take any points they will look at chances missed and defensive errors that lost
them the game. Now firmly at the bottom of the league the manager was keen to remind players that training is now paramount.