Bourne Deeping Dragons stretched their winning run to four matches and moved up to second in the table at Peterborough on Saturday.
The Dragons beat City of Peterborough’s 4th 2-1 in a feisty local derby.
Bourne Deeping dominated the first half with skilful play from Chris Clarkson and Ben Slack winning numerous short corners and peppering the home side’s goal.
However the city side’s keeper was in fantastic form and BDHC failed to find the net in the first half, falling behind late on.
Five minutes before the end of the half, Peterborough broke quickly and won a short corner, which they scored with a sharp flick from Dawson.
Ten minutes into the second half, Bourne Deeping made the breakthrough. A lofted ball from captain Alex Glover was met by Ali Rowledge who rounded the keeper to score with a neat reverse stick finish.
The game was finely poised at 1-1 and became very open with both sides attacking, and with 10 minutes remaining Glover skilfully won a short corner for Bourne Deeping and a well-worked routine culminated in a silky tip in from Glover.
Bourne Deeping finally had the lead their possession deserved and held on for a 2-1 win.
Bourne play second-bottom side Harleston tomorrow.
Dragons: James Page, Phil Arnold, Tommy Stopper, Al Chick, Peter Jeffery, Chris Clarkson, Andy Kind, Alex Glover, Ben Slack, Nick Glover, Nick Brocklehurst, Mark Cox, Ali Rowledge.
A Shane Carlton hat-trick took his tally for the season to 14 and led Bourne Deeping’s 2nd XI to a 4-0 victory against Spalding’s 3rd XI on Saturday.
BDHC now sit pretty at the top of the East League’s 4NW table but it was a battling rather than flowing performance against a young Spalding side.
They had plenty of early chances. Ben Walden missed a gilt edged chance when Shane Carlton’s shot was parried by the keeper, and Carlton came close with a drag flicked short corner which sailed high before Walden opened the scoring after some excellent work on the right from Mike Gregson and Kevin Baker.
Carlton scored his first soon after, but although the Dragons began to scent blood, errors prevented them extending their lead in the first half.
But their persistence paid off in the second half.
The Dragons had regrouped and began the 2nd half as they had started the first, attacking with purpose, defending with commitment and Carlton coolly beating the keeper for his second of the game.
Spalding threatened to spoil keeper Tim Beaver’s clean sheet with a succession of short corners towards the end of the game, but the home side dealt with whatever was thrown at them to maintain the side’s impressive defensive record.
Carlton then put some gloss on the scoreline with an almost carbon copy of his second goal sealing his hat-trick and a the 4-0 win. l Bourne Deeping Ladies lost 3-2 to Peterbrough Ladies’ 2nd team.
Natasha Newitt scored both of BDHC’s goals.
Elsewhere Bourne Deeping 4th XI lost to Wisbech 4ths 3-0, and BDHC Mens’ 5ths lost by the odd goal in seven against St Ives 5ths.
St Ives led a 1-0 half-time but Jeremy Phipps, Dan Tyler and Tom Everton were all on target for BDHC before they gifted St Ives a late winner.
Although the defending was suspect at times, the forward play was very encouraging and goals are starting to come.