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Ladies 2nds drop points for the first time this season

Bourne Deeping 2nds suffered a 5-2 home defeat against Kettering in the battle of the two sides promoted to Division 2NW.

A poor giveaway around the halfway line led to the opener for Kettering who increased their lead with a deflected goal which whistled into the top of the net leaving the defence with no chance.

The Dragons thought they had clawed their way back to 2-1 when skipper Ollie Browne finished from close range but the umpire had already blown for an infringement and awarded the penalty corner which Bourne Deeping failed to convert.

Another close range shot was then blocked on the line by a Kettering defender but Dodd’s’ penalty flick was well saved.

There was a glimmer of hope in the shape of a Browne wonder goal from a reverse sweep as he was falling away to bring it back to 2-1.

Kettering though continued to press in numbers and a third goal came despite Bourne Deeping throwing everything in front of the visiting shooters.

With just a minute remaining in the half when they should have been content to get to half time and regroup, Bourne Deeping were guilty of taking an unnecessary risk with a quick 16.

The ball was turned over in midfield and another incisive attack by Kettering saw them make it 4-1 with just five seconds to half-time.

The second half was a masterclass of forward movement from Kettering’s front line who were constantly on the move.

To Bourne Deeping’s credit they stuck to their task doggedly and defended well but, despite Matt Bevan continuing his impressive goals per game record with a smart finish to make it 4-2, Kettering hit the bar, had one cleared off the line, and eventually broke through to add a fifth late on through a penalty corner.

Bourne Deeping 2nds v Kettering (5555760)
Bourne Deeping 2nds v Kettering (5555760)

Bourne Deeping 3rds handed Peterborough 6ths their first entry in the win column of the season after a 4-0 away loss in Division 4NW on Saturday.

A hard fought first half had the teams go in level at the break with goal chances at either end few and far between.

Stout work at the back from Arnold and Powell kept the Peterborough forwards at bay and the battle in the middle was tough with the hosts fielding some quality talent.

Wheble and Thewlas ran the lines well out wide, linking up with Edlington and Wagstaff up front.

Heads dropped five minutes into the second half when Peterborough snuck a goal in and soon after a poor spell saw the opposition take advantage and slot in three while Bourne Deeping were pushing for parity.

Bourne Deeping 2nds v Kettering (5555770)
Bourne Deeping 2nds v Kettering (5555770)

Bourne Deeping 4ths were disappointed not to take a maximum points haul despite halting their two-match losing streak in a 2-2 draw with Cambridge City 6ths in Division 5NW

They took the lead when flying winger Moisey played a couple of passes and carried on to smash a volley past the helpless keeper.

More goals should of come but poor finishing and smart saves ensued before City levelled on a rare foray forward.

A little tweak to the back line freed Barden and got Stedman back into the defence and again the Dragons dominated with the ever keen Wray looking certain to score only to be denied by the keeper.

The pressure finally told and Mann scored from an impossible angle but, as they looked to close the game out with a third goal, they instead conceded an equaliser for a frustrating finish.

Bourne Deeping 2nds v Kettering (5555776)
Bourne Deeping 2nds v Kettering (5555776)

Having come off the back of a great and important victory away at Louth last week, Bourne Deeping 5ths kept the momentum going with a 3-0 home win over Spalding 5ths in Division 6NW(N).

Despite the early setback of seeing John Oakley retire early through injury, good defensive play by Stewart Dacre, Jeremy Phipps and Roddy Mountain kept Spalding at bay in a goalless opening period.

The Dragons knew they had to start holding more possession and, as has been the case for the season, youth led the way within the first five minutes.

After receiving the ball out wide Zach Cox drove down the line, passed square to Alex Hutton, who picked out a quick pass for Ben Brittain to round a player in the D and slot homne the opening goal.

This definitely helped to settle Bourne Deeping even more and Alex Flint struck an absolute bullet of a shot into the top corner of the net to double the lead.

With a number of other good attacks after this, Mark Cox released a pass to Mountain who had made a good run from deep.

After driving towards the D, he passed to Paul Curtis who turned to hit a sweet strike on the far left of the goal and make it 3-0 to cap a great team effort.

Bourne Deeping Ladies suffered a narrow 2-1 away defeat at St Ives in Division 2NW.

Their strong hosts struck twice in the opening period before Bourne Deeping reduced the deficit through Sophie Brittain.

The Dragons created a number of openings in the second period, however, none led to any goals.

Kerry Fisher was named player of the match for a brilliant defensive play.

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Bourne Deeping 2nds v Kettering (5555772)

Bourne Deeping Ladies 2nds dropped their first points of the Division 4NW season after being held to a goalless draw by Spalding 3rds on Saturday.

The Dragons had won their previous eight games, but were unable to find a way through a stubborn Spalding side.

Dawn McShane and Helena Darragh both fired in short corner shots on goal following great runs down the wings from Rachel Adams and Darragh with the support of Emily Langhorne.

There were also spectacular runs up the centre of the pitch from Millie Durrands and Kirsty Martin, but unfortunately strikes were not converted by Genny Britain, Adams and Jen Orrell.

The frenzy of shots again continued in the second period, but the unbeaten Dragons were unable to gain the upper hand and failed to score for the first time this season.

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Bourne Deeping 2nds v Kettering (5555764)

Bourne Deeping Ladies 3rds build on their previous week's win with a 4-1 away success at Woodhall Spa in Division 4NW.

A strong start saw Alessia Russo break the deadlock with Aisling O'Keefe doubling the advantage before the interval.

Woodhall then launched a barrage of attacks to halve the deficit following five successive short corners, but the Dragons restored their two-goal advantage ahead of half-time through Emma Cowell.

Woodhall started using big hits to transfer the ball from their half in the second period, but Dragons were sharp with their interceptions and Penny Linsdell rounded off the scoring to seal a 4-1 win.

With the team settling into positions, future games look promising and the only way is up for the ladies.

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