Dragons on fire for crucial clash

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Bourne Deeping 7 Wisbech 2nd 0

THE Dragons set themselves up for this weekend’s clash with third-placed Peterborough by overwhelming a Wisbech side who boasted a formidable home record.

Slick passing in midfield, and pace on both flanks led to a short corner and Bourne Deeping unleashed a new routine from the training ground. An expert push out from Nick Glover, a stop from Alex Glover and a firm slap from Phil Arnold set up Nick Brocklehurst to casually deflect the ball in to the top corner and give BDHC an early lead.

It wasn’t long before BDHC had doubled their lead. Nick Glover started and finished a wonderful passing move, and a third goal soon followed. This time it was Will Epsom who pounced on a loose ball in the D to slap the ball past the hapless goalkeeper.

Wisbech came out fighting in the second half but the Dragons were able to weather the storm and would have increased their lead sooner but for poor finishing.

The fourth goal eventually came from Chris Clarkson who dribbled past five Wisbech players before firing the ball home. Nick Brocklehurst broke to score the fifth, and the sixth and seventh came from short corners. The Wisbech defence had no answer to Phil Arnold’s brace of powerful strikes from the top of the D.

Bourne Deeping: Will Anderson, Phil Arnold, Pete Jeffrey, Andy Briault, Jason Purllant, Chris Clarkson, Andy Kind, Alex Glover, Will Epsom, Nick Glover, Nick Brocklehurst, Henry Winfield-Chislett.

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Long Sutton 2nd 3

BOURNE Deeping went behind within the first two minutes but quickly equalised from a short corner when Phil Tokens swept in a Magnus Windsor shot that a defender had stopped on the line.

Long Sutton retook the lead from a second well-worked finish at the back post but again Bourne Deeping equalised.

Left back Pete Hotchkin rounded off a storming run with a deft lift over a defender’s stick and into the D. As the Sutton keeper came out to clear, Shane Carlton beat him for pace and smartly took the ball round the keeper to score.

At this point the game was very much in the balance but the game was decided by a good short corner move from Long Sutton.

Bourne Deeping 2nd: Joe Wray, Stewart Dacre, Simon Wilmot, Graham Brewer, Phil Tokens, Pete Hotchkin, Kevin Baker, Shane Carlton, Mike Gregson, Chris Mann, Magnus Windsor, Mark Gambles.

Bourne Deeping 3rd 2 Spalding 3rd 5

BOURNE Deepings’ 3rds lost a fast and furious game at Spalding.

Spalding took an early lead with a breakaway goal but the Dragons swiftly equalised after great play between Lewis Stedman and Andrew Dodds set up John Oakley to score.

The Dragons began to dominate but Spalding broke away to retake the lead before half time.

After the restart, BDHC drew level again through Joe Allen, who received the ball just outside the D and beat two defenders before firing into the left hand of the goal.

The Dragons continued to attack but didn’t convert their chances and as they tired Spalding came back into the game, scoring their third breakaway goal of the game.

Spalding added two more leaving the Dragons bitterly disappointed.

BDHC 3rd: Joe Allen, Joe Wray, Jo Gresty, Paul Curtis, Lewis Stedman, Josh Tate, Ryan Bennett, Andrew Dodds, Matt Clarkson, Harry Oakley, Brad Mansfield, John Oakley.

Bourne Deeping 5th 2 Newmarket 3

THE young fifth team rattled the league leaders on their own turf.

After early pressure Lewis Ratcliffe converted BDHC’s first chance of the game with a powerful reverse stick shot.

Eventually Newmarket’s pressure told and they equalised and then took the lead with two unstoppable strikes but BDHC surged back in the second half and dominated for long periods.

Ratcliffe calmly smashed home a good chance for Bourne Deeping’s second but Newmarket regained their composure and the lead.

Bourne Deeping 5th: Dave Sarsby, Simon Thomas, Jack Langley, Simon Taylor, Jerry Phipps, Andrew McQuarrie, Lewis Ratcliffe, Sam Blackler, Paul Blackler, Jas Phagoora, Lewis Gould.