Clarkson goal puts title tilt on track

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Bourne Deeping 1 Ely City 2nd 0

BOURNE Deeping returned to winning ways after dropping their first points of the season in a draw at Peterborough a week earlier.

The dragons had the visitors firmly encamped in their own third of the pitch early on but Ely’s stubborn resistance began to increase their confidence. Soon Ely threatened to take a surprise lead with a couple of counter attacks only just snuffed out by the BDHC defence.

BDHC were still dominatant but goalscoring chances became scarce. The best effort was a superb diving reverse stick strike from Nick Glover.

The Dragons hoped Ely would tire in the second half but BDHC were caught on the counter and grateful to Pete Jeffery for a superb block on the line.

After another spell of pressure, Chris Clarkson scored at the second attempt.

Ely were only denied an equaliser by another Jeffery clearance before BDHC had the ball in the net only for Alex Glover’s strike to be disallowed.

Nick Brocklehurst had a couple of chances to extend the lead with one shot cannoning off the cross bar and without the cushion of a second goal, BDHC ended the game nervously with another last ditch tackle from man-of-the-match Jeffery to save Bourne Deeping the points.

Victory keeps BDHC’s title challenge on track but the Dragons face Spalding tomorrow in a top-of-the-table clash.

Bourne Deeping: Tim Beaver, Jason Purllant, Phil Arnold, Tommy Stopper, John Plant, Chris Clarkson, Andy Kind, Alex Glover, Ali Rowledge, Nick Glover, Nick Brocklehurst, Ash Stretton, Peter Jeffery.

Alford 1st 8 Bourne Deeping 2nd 1

BOURNE Deeping were missing five players from the previous week’s victory and Alford opened the scoring after just five minutes.

BDHC struggled to find the tenacity and teamwork they had shown a week earlier and Alford took full advantage.

There were good performances from Will Anderson and man-of-the-match Shane Carlton, who scored with a short corner drag flick, placed inside the keeper’s left hand post.

BDHC 2nd XI need to beat City of Peterbrough 5th tomorrow to keep pace with the front runners.

BDHC 2nd: Will Anderson, Graham Brewer, Phil Tokens, Simon Wilmot, Stewart Dacre, Shane Carlton, Mike Gregson, Chris Mann, Ben Walden, Kevin Baker, Richard Gray.

Bourne Deeping 3rd 1 Wisbech 4th 1

THE Dragons began strongly, unfazed by Wisbech fielding a 2nd XI player in their side.

Bourne Deeping dominated the game and scored a superb opening goal after some great play on the right from Andrew Dodds and Matt Clarkson. Harry Oakley received the ball in the D, took a super touch to control the ball and unleashed an even better strike which sailed past the Wisbech keeper, who had denied several earlier chances.

The Dragons were repeatedly denied by the Wisbech goalkeeper in the second half and while they were restructuring after an injury, Wisbech scored a tidy goal to equalise.

The Dragons dominated the rest of the game but couldn’t finish their chances and had to settle for a share of the points.

BDHC 3rd: Joe Allen, Joe Wray, Rob Chorlton, Joe Gresty, Josh Tate, Matt Clarkson, Lewis Stedman, Andrew Dodds, Harry Oakley, Brad Mansfield, Andy Gregson, Connor Stokes, Ryan Bennett.

Nomads 3rd 5 Bourne Deeping 4th 3

LAST minute changes left BDHC with a bare 11 players while Cambridge Nomads had a squad of 15.

Bourne Deepings’ three goals were of the highest quality with defence-splitting passes for intelligent runs. Joe Allen supplied Steve Waters for BDHC’s first.

Allen himself scored the second and Pete Moisey exchanged passes with Waters before scoring the third.

Joe Wray, Stuart Castle, Steve Knipe, Anthony Barnes, Richard Baker, Magnus Windsor, Richard Garrett, Pete Moisey, Joe Allen, Simon Richardson, Steve Waters.

Bourne Deeping 5th 5 Ely 4th 0

DAVID met Goliath when the BDHC’s youth faced an Ely side packed with six-footers.

Ely threatened to overpower BDHC early on but were rocked in their tracks by opportunistic goal from Harry Oakley.

Nick Teesdale, Simon Taylor and Simon Thomas all followed up with clinical finishes to take the score to 4-0. The goal of the match came from Fin Carmody on his debut, bamboozling the keeper before scoring the final goal.