HOCKEY: Dragons win keeps title hopes alive

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Bourne Deeping 4 Spalding 1

BOURNE Deeping Hockey Club Men’s 1st team picked up a vital 4-1 victory against Spalding to keep their title charge on track in Division 3NW of the East League.

The Dragons went into the fixture knowing that anything but a win would make promotion impossible and skipper Alex Glover signalled his intent by selecting a very attacking team against a Spalding side that won 19-0 a week earlier.

Spalding dominated the opening 10 minutes but BDHC were able to weather the early storm and then began to stamp their authority on to the game.

The opening goal was always going to be crucial in such an important game and it was The Dragons who struck first; a swift attack led to a short corner, which Phil Arnold duly dispatched.

Having taken the upper hand, BDHC were keen to extend their lead and a second goal soon followed, courtesy of Nick Brocklehurst; the Spalding goalkeeper had no response to a Brocklehurst quick turn and shot.

The Dragons continued to dominate in the second half and Chris Clarkson finished off a mazy run by rounding the goalie and flicking the ball home on his reverse stick to extend the lead to three.

Spalding pulled one back with 20 minutes to play but nerves were settled however when Arnold scored from another short corner to restore the Dragon’s three goal advantage.

BDHC saw out the remainder of the game and knowing that two more wins will secure promotion.

Bourne Deeping: Tim Beaver, Phil Arnold, Tommy Stopper, Peter Jeffery, Chris Clarkson, Andy Kind, Alex Glover, Ali Rowledge, Nick Brocklehurst, Nick Glover, Henry Winfield-Chislett, John Plant. M-o-M: Alex Glover.

Cambridge City 3rd 0 BDHC Ladies 1

BOURNE Deeping Ladies took a point from an end-of-season encounter against a strong Cambridge City 3rd XI on Saturday.

City’s influential midfield players forced Bourne Deeping to defend early on but once BDHC settled they showed off their own excellent passing game.

A long ball from Camilla Smith to Kate McShane set up the closest chance of the first half. McShane’s pinpoint pass found Laura Tompson-Wright who beat the keeper but was denied by the post.

The second half picked up in pace, and the first goal came from Tompson-Wright with a strike across the keeper into the bottom right corner.

City worked hard to get back into the game and had several short corners but the Bourne Deeping defence stayed tight and held on for a 1-0 win.

Bourne Deeping Ladies: Katie Woodward, Jan Havemann, Nadine Curtis, Ellie Allam, Emily Ostler, Becky Allam, Sue Oakley, Jenny Tuffin, Natasha Newitt, Kate McShane, Maddie Burch, Laura Tompson-Wright, Camilla Smith.

ALMOST all of Bourne Deepings’ sides are in action again this weekend with something at stake for either themselves or their opponents in what should be an exciting series of showdowns.

The Ladies firsts will finish mid-table but they play Long Sutton, who are currently joint top of the division, so the Dragons ladies could be party-poopers.

BDHC’s Ladies’ 2nd XI must win if they are to stay up. They face St Ives thrid string a relegation battle.

After last week’s victory against Spalding the men’s first team need to win to keep pressure on the City of Peterborough side, who top the table but have played game more.

The Men’s seconds face City of Peterborough 6ths and need to win to ensure that their slim promotion hopes stay alive.

In the club’s final clash of the weekend, pride is at stake when the men’s thirds take on the men’s fourths. The 3rd XI will be seeking revenage after losing to the 4th XI back in October.