Dragons have to convert chances

Action from Bourne Deeping's draw at Spalding
Action from Bourne Deeping's draw at Spalding
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Spalding 2 Bourne Deeping 2

BDHC started the brighter of the two teams with the back line hardly troubled by a free-scoring Spalding team that going in to the match boasted the best goals scored record in the league.

Marshalled by man of the match, Andy Briault, the Dragons kept Spalding’s threats to a minimum with Beaver only having to make two saves in the first half.

Several chances came and went for BDHC but eventually the deadlock was broken by exquisite skill from Nick Brocklehurst, chipping the on-rushing keeper.

BDHC should have taken control but were rattled by a few umpiring decisions that didn’t go their way. Spalding took advantage of their uncertainty and equalised with a neatly placed flick by Peter Wright.

BDHC responded well, increasing the pressure on Spalding only to find their keeper in inspired form. However this pressure was eventually converted into a goal when Briault struck a well-placed short corner into the bottom corner to restore the lead.

The second half was a tense affair with the highlight being a hotly disputed yellow card.

BDHC played some great hockey but need to start to convert chances to goals if they are to win the league.

Bourne Deeping: Tim Beaver, Jason Purllant, Andy Briault, Pete Jefferies, Phil  Arnold , John Plant, Andy Kind, Nick Glover, Ali Rowledge, Alex Glover, Nick Brocklehurst, Chris Clarkson.

Bourne Deeping 2nd 1

City of Peterborough 5th 5

THE Dragons’ 2nd XI have taken just three points from nine against the trio of teams around them at the top of the division in the last three weeks.

This performance was better and Will Anderson, who made some good saves, was unfortunate more than once when his first save rebounded to a forward rather than to a defender.

BDHC had good opportunities to make this a closer scoreline but they either fired wide or allowed the keeper time to make a save. At times they didn’t help themselves, losing the ball in advanced positions and allowing CoP to break quickly and this is how a number of their goals were scored.

The BDHC goal was a rare own goal. A cross from inside the D by Phil Tokens was back heeled with precision, into the goal by an unlucky Peterborough defender, leaving his keeper stranded.

The last games before the Christmas break take place tomorrow with the 2nd XI travelling to St Ives and looking to finish this half of the season with a win.

Bourne Deeping 2nd:- Will Anderson, Phil Tokens, Simon Wilmot, Stewart Dacre, Shane Carlton, Mike Gregson, Chris Mann, Kevin Baker, Henry Winfield-Chislett, Jon Green, Treve Wagstaffe, Ash Stretton.

St Ives 2nd 0 Bourne Deeping 3rd 2

THE Dragons turned up at St Ives and caught the last 10 minutes of the St Ives 1st team in their Premier B Division match and applauded as the goalkeeper made some outstanding saves. They were then quite concerned when the gigantic keeper stayed on the pitch to face Bourne’s 3rds.

It didn’t stop the Dragons playing some great hockey and dominating the first 10 minutes but unfortunately the goalkeeper had an outstanding game and saved a huge strike from Paul Curtis at the first short corner.

The Dragons continued to dominate and after some great play Ryan Bennett took on the keeper and slotted the ball into the corner of goal with a great touch.

In the second half the Dragons had more chances on goal but could not get the ball past the incredible goal keeper. Chances kept coming but the Dragons watched in amazement as the keeper kept pulling off great saves.

Finally the Dragons beat the keeper with a perfectly played short corner routine only for Rich Arnold to stop the ball while trying to get a cheeky deflection. However, Rich soon made up for this by scoring a great goal of his own, making a steaming run from the left wing, receiving the ball in the D and slotting it away calmly as three players rushed in to tackle.

With just 10 minutes to go St Ives struck back and Dragons goalkeeper Joe Wray had to make his first save of the game.

Bourne Deeping 3rd: Joe Allen, Joe Wray, Jo Gresty, Paul Curtis, Pete Hotchkin, Lewis Stedman, Matt Clarkson, Ben Walden, Will Epsom, Ryan Bennett, Harry Oakley, Brad Mansfield, Rich Arnold.

Bourne Deeping 4th 1 March 0

BOURNE Deeping 4th XI produced some of the most controlled hockey seen for a long time and they were able to press the visitors throughout the first half.

March were heavily reliant on an aerial attack but Graham Brewer and Pete Moisey dealt coolly with everything thrown.

Gareth Evison controlled the midfield and Steve Waters was denied by the post before Dan Petch scored from a penalty corner.

In the second half March’s key player moved to a more advanced position but was snuffed out by the excellent Mark Cox.

Bourne Deeping 4th: Ray Isaac, Pete Moisey, Magnus Windsor, Graham Brewer, Richard Baker, Simon Richardson, Gareth Evison, Mark Cox, Andrew Dodds, Richard Gray, Steve Waters, Dan Pelech, Mark Gambles, Mike Bradshaw.

Bourne Deeping Ladies 2

Cambridge City Ladies 3rd 2

UNFORCED errors gave Cambridge opportunities and Katie Woodward was forced to make some great saves in goal. More mistakes meant City were awarded two penalty flicks in the first half, neither of which Woodward could keep out.

After that the Dragons finally woke up with Camilla Smith and Gemma Catlin making good chances up front.

The second half brought some luck for the home team with Smith pulling a goal back with a decisive strike.

Bourne Deeping attacked in numbers and piled the pressure on City, who looked far weaker in the second half and Becky Allam ended the game with a goal from a short corner, resulting in a 2-2 draw.

Bourne Deeping Ladies: Katie Woodward, Natasha Newitt, Sian Jones, Jenny Tuffin, Becky Allam, Jan Bowser, Gemma Catlin, Camilla Smith, Laura Thomson-Wright, Sue Oakley, Bethan Lewis, Kate McShane.

l BDHC Ladies Seconds lost 7-0 to to Huntingdon firsts.