Bourne Deeping Hockey Club round-up and first team match action from their clash with Broxbourne
A strong second half fightback was dashed as Bourne Deeping conceded a late winner in Saturday's home clash with Premier B leaders Broxbourne.
The Dragons roared back from two goals adrift at the break to level the match at 3-3 before Broxbourne bagged a late winner to leave Bourne Deeping still seeking their first victory of the season.
The Dragons were slow to start, struggling to find a way past Broxbourne’s aggressive press and finding it difficult to string a series of passes together.
This led to an early breakthrough for the visitors through a deflection from the penalty spot.
Rather than spur the Dragons into action, this goal kick-started another period of pressure for Broxbourne, but the home side grew slowly into the game.
Just like the previous three games of the season, much good play down the wings - in particular the left - bore no fruit and, once again, Bourne Deeping were undone by a quick counter attack.
Possession was relinquished in the opposition's 25 with many players committed forward and, despite a valiant effort by captain Phil Arnold, the ball was finally poked into the goal to make it 2-0.
Half-time arrived soon after and, following a depressingly familiar interval team talk, the Dragons started the second half strongly.
Stuart Biggs prodded home from a yard out after a ball into the D from the left by Joe Youngs and the game was alive again.
However, defensive shortcomings scuppered the Dragons yet again when Broxbourne flicked home from the second phase of a short corner to restore their two-goal lead.
Undeterred, Bourne pushed forward again and continued to play the more efficient hockey.
This culminated in a powerfully struck shot from Richard Collins being deflected in at the back post by Will Cook and suddenly the pressure was on the away side to hold on.
This they couldn’t do as neat interplay down the left saw James Tavernor roll the ball into the corner for Cook, who turned sharply before firing the ball across the D for Biggs to deflect home and level the scores.
In the ascendancy, Bourne Deeping continued to press forward in search of a winner but luck wasn’t on their side.
Broxbourne broke out from the back well but were fortunate to grab a winner when the ball bounced around the D and fortuitously looped over a diving Adrian Portlock.
Yet more heartbreak for Bourne Deeping - good hockey is being played but they must start matches with more concentration and intensity rather than relying on second half comebacks.
Bourne Deeping 2nds fell to a third successive Division 3NW defeat after a 3-1 home loss to Leadenham on Saturday.
They started the match with a display of some of the best passing you are likely to see at this level. Short sharp stuff that saw Leadenham chasing shadows for the opening five minutes.
Unable to capitalise on their good start, it was Bourne Deeping who then found themselves behind to a penalty corner with Leadenham quickly shifting the ball left and finishing from close range.
Despite the knock-back, the Dragons continued to play well and should have equalised soon after going behind were it not for a combination of excellent goalkeeping and poor finishing.
The second half saw more of the same - Leadenham playing a more counter attacking game as Bourne Deeping pushed for the equaliser, Mike Gregson eventually obliging with a trademark finish at the right post.
Naïve defending allowed Leadenham to retake their lead and, though the Dragons hit the post through an Edlington drag flick and forced the Leadenham goalkeeper into numerous saves, the crucial fourth goal of the game went the way of Leadenham when a short corner strike was only partially stopped on the line and bundled over.
Bourne Deeping 3rds started the bid to turn their fortunes around with a 3-2 victory against Wisbech 2nds in Division 4NW on Saturday.
It was clear from the early exchanges that this was to be a hard-fought match and both teams started brightly.
On the back of a poor passing display at the end of the previous week, Bourne Deeping showed that they had learned from their mistakes and moved the ball well at the back through the likes of Richard Barden, Mark Cox, Jason Purllant and Terry Musgrove.
Probing, the team moved the ball well and through the wings to the forward line of Jonny Meadows and Connor Gosnell.
In one such move the ball was worked well through Alex Hutton in the centre out and through Jonny Meadows who found Connor Gosnell who slipped past his marker and found himself one-on-one with the keeper albeit coming in from the right side but was not able to find goal.
Despite some good play by the Dragons, it was Wisbech who broke the deadlock through a well taken short corner by their drag flick specialist.
The second half started with Bourne Deeping having to absorb a lot of pressure from Wisbech who were determined to further their lead.
Dragons did well to defend their position with a number of close calls including one where the Wisbech player managed to miss an open goal.
Something then clicked and Bourne Deeping had what was a tremendous period of play which had Wisbech at sixes and sevens.
Alex Hutton was one key player in the middle of the park having his best game so far this season.
During this period the Dragomns went 2-1 up, the first coming from some great reactions by Jason Purllant and then Gosnell to finally see the ball over the line from a saved short corner.
The second was a fantastic display of passing hockey with a great interchange between Hutton and Meadows to finally see Hutton in the D and put the ball in the goal.
The game continued to be highly-fought with Bourne Deeping coming very close to a third.
This seemed to make Wisbech more determined to attack and indeed saw the Dragons facing numerous short corners from which the inevitable happened with four minutes to go when again a well-taken switch at the setpiece saw the unmarked attacker sweep the ball past an outstretched Joe Wray.
In the brief exchanges that followed the play started to become more physical, leading to an unfortunate green card for Terry Musgrove for an over zealous tackle.
With less than two minutes to go, a move, once again featuring Hutton, Meadows and then James Watkins down the right hand side, saw Hutton neatly get past his man and drive into the D.
He then deftly made it past the keeper but, moving across the goal and with a defender coming in from his left, had to bring the ball back inside before calmly putting it goalbound.
With only seconds left for the pushback, Bourne Deeping made it their first win of the season in a hard-fought, great team display.
A goal in each half sent Bourne Deeping 4ths tumbling to a 2-0 defeat against Wisbech 3rds in Division 5NW.
Wisbech were good for their two goals, despite only a couple of shots in open play all game after Baker, Jackson, Matthews and Watts at the back defended stoutly.
They did win several short corners though which disappointingly they scored from straight strikes.
The Bourne Deeping midfield worked hard and, while they had more attempts in open play than the opposition, short corner attempts were at a premium.
Curtis did find the back of the net from one of them, but correctly it was disallowed with the regular Bourne Deeping umpires having another good game.
Regardless of the efforts put in by the likes of Kiesel, Armitage and Allen, industrious as they were, Bourne Deeping just missed the cutting edge on the day and to be nullified didn’t reflect the match on the whole.
A developing Bourne Dragons 5ths suffered a 13-2 defeat against a strong City of Peterborough 6ths side in Saturday's Division 6NW(N) clash.
Some early confusion in defence allowed too much space and the home side scored some quick goals.
It was going to be a tough match and often CoP were gifted opportunities from all over the pitch which they gleefully accepted.
Joe Ashby in goal was left exposed and even if he made one or even double saves it seemed destined to fall to a player in red and the scored ratcheted upwards.
The positives were in that Bourne Deeping kept taking the game to the opposition.
Joseph Moisey had his best game of the season and was rewarded with his goal and created lots more chances.
Ethan foster found space in the right channel and adapted to a new position while Aaron Waters ran hard in attack all match and didn't allow the defence to settle. Steve Waters finished instinctively for his goal into the corner.
Bourne Deeping 6ths were resolute in their efforts despite a 2-0 defeat against Leadenham 3rds in Division 6NW(N).
Ollie Wright made some good saves while at the other end William Taylor had another fine game. Mark Hotchkin tried to turn possession into attacking opportunities but the home side ran out winners.
Bourne Deeping Ladies shared the spoils for the second time in three Division 2NW games this season after a 1-1 draw with Saffron Walden on Saturday.
A rocky start saw Saffron have most of the possession, but Bourne kept their visitors at bay.
Good passes from Sophie Brittain and Helena Darragh forced a short corner but Bourne's attack was thwarted.
Saffron then forced a succession of short corners themselves which saw them take the lead, but Bourne Deeping battled back and equalised through Jen Biggs.
The second half saw the Dragons defy the Saffron surges with player of the match Alice Brookes shining in defence.
Bourne Deeping Ladies 2nds suffered a derby defeat after a one-goal loss to City of Peterborough 3rds on Saturday.
The game started off quickly with CoP putting together some quick passes through midfield, however, they were unable to break down the Dragons defence of Nadine Curtis, Rachel Gale and Emily Laughaurne.
The pressure continued throughout the first half with Claire Bowtell eventually being beaten by a strong strike which made it 1-0 at half-time.
The second half was much improved for the Dragons with some good midfield play from Lucy Norman and Elizabeth Nunn while Elyza Howard-Chambers managed to keep the CoP attackers at bay throughout the last 15 minutes.
Despite the improved performance, the Dragons could not convert chances on goal.
Bourne Deeping Ladies 3rds were also sunk by the City of Peterborough 4ths counterparts after a 2-1 defeat.
They suffered a setback when Christi King turned her ankle in the warm-up, but moved the ball around the back-line well from Nic Stazicker, Isia Janiska and Jo Morgan Walters through to Gillian Flook.
There seemed to be much more control this week with lessons learned from the previous displays with a much stronger start.
CoP were always wanting to take advantage whenever they could and their persistence resulted in a short corner which was well handled by the Dragons.
Keira Maxey received a ball from the midfielders which she controlled well and, barging through the defence, got a shot on goal but the CoP keeper was ready with a clearance.
Janet Eagle-Smith though calmly picked up the rebound and managed to push it past the fallen keeper for the Dragons' first goal of the season.
CoP instantly tried to attack and got another short corner which the Dragons, thinking the ball had run over the back line, just dropped their defence for a second, learning the hard way to not stop playing until you hear the whistle as Peterborough equalised.
It was all to play for now and both teams put up a really good fight with lots of missed opportunities and some great defence from the Dragons goalkeeper Alex Parker.
But another section of messy play in the D resulted in CoP netting their winner to leave Bourne Deeping still seeking their first win of the Division 4NW(N) campaign.