Dragons come roaring back for victory

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Bourne Deeping 3 Wisbech 3rd 1

BOURNE Deeping got back to winning ways after a stalemate a week earlier, beating Wisbech 3-1 on Saturday.

But they had to come from behind after Tim Beaver’s record of 357 minutes without conceding at home came to unspectacular end when a bobbled short corner strike, which was going wide, hit Andy Briault’s foot and went in.

The home team had started strongly, passing the ball with confidence and settled the quicker of the two teams.

After 10 minutes, the dangerous Andrew Kind was flattened by a Wisbech defender and hobbled off to be replaced by Ali Rowledge. The game then settled into a pattern of BDHC passing well until the final third where they would run into defenders or aimlessly hit into the D.

After the ball went in off Briault’s foot, the rest of the first half passed without further danger and the Dragons returned with more purpose after the break

Flowing hockey and better movement complemented with more care resulted in several short corners. From one of these, Tommy Stopper’s shot fell to Briault who slotted the ball into the corner.

The team, lifted by this goal, pushed higher up the pitch and a second goal arrived when a short corner was fired point blank at Kind whose natural ability guided the ball home.

With the home’s team back three playing the ball around with pace, spaces started to appear in the tiring Wisbech team. Clarkson was a constant threat and Nick Glover was picking the balls from defenders for fun. After good work from Clarkson, the ball fell to Alex Glover on his reverse stick and his shot was as sharp as his razor to make it 3-1.

BDHC: Tim Beaver, Jason Purllant, Andy Briault, Peter Jeffery, John Plant, Ali Rowledge, Phil Arnold, Tommy Stopper, Chris Clarkson, Nick Glover, Alex Glover, Andy Kind. MoM: Andy Briault.

Horncastle 4 Bourne Deeping 2nd 2

The Dragon’s second team made the trip north welcoming back Neil Burford from injury and Will Epsom for his first second team game.

They started well, taking the lead from a right wing cross neatly deflected in by Mike Gregson, and had further chances to increase the lead, but were kept out by good goalkeeping and a slippery pitch.

BDHC played good hockey in parts and had plenty of opportunities to get something from the game, with Burford running strongly down the right wing, and Epsom and Ash Stretton linking well in midfield.

As the game progressed the gap between their midfield and defence grew as Horncastle’s forwards ensured the defence weren’t able to push up to far by holding a high line. Breakaways became more regular and this led to Bourne Deeping conceding two goals.

BDHC fought back and Epsom scored a debut goal but they were unable to score again.

BDHC 2nd: Will Anderson, Simon Wilmot, Graham Brewer, Phil Tokens, Stewart Dacre, Will Epsom, Ash Stretton, Kevin Baker, Chris Mann, Mike Gregson, Shane Carlton, Henry Winfield – Chislett, Neil Burford. MoM :- Will Epsom.

Bourne Deeping Ladies 0 Louth 2

BOURNE’S first league match back since Christmas proved a tough fixture against a physical Louth side.

Louth had a strong home record but when Bourne Deeping had possession their game flowed well, particularly down the right where Emily Ostler, Maddie Burch and Kate McShane showed brilliant teamwork.

Louth made the most of a good opportunity to lead 1-0 at half time and added a second from a short corner soon after the restart.

Despite a disappointing result, Bourne Deeping played some of their best hockey all season. Sue Oakley and Emily Ostler’s performances earned them a shared player of the match title.

BDHC: Katie Woodward, Sian Jones, Jan Havemann, Becky Allam, Emily Ostler, Jenny Tuffin, Sue Oakley, Natasha Newitt, Maddie Burch, Kate McShane, Camilla Smith.