Thirds beaten by promotion contenders despite battling display
Bourne Deeping saw their seven-match winning streak shattered after a 6-1 away defeat at Premier B title contenders East London on Saturday.
The Dragons started the game with great confidence but, after a few missed traps in the opposition D, East London took control of the game with a neatly executed short corner.
After some lack-lustre defending, Bourne Deeping conceded another short corner and the home side doubled their lead after the ball rebounded off vice-captain Phil Arnold into the net.
The first half then fizzled out and ended 4-0 to the home side, leaving Dragons rocked.
After a stern half-time talk, Bourne Deeping started the second period with the same intensity and created some early opportunities.
Following some early pressure, Andrew Fletcher stole the ball in the opposition D to be rewarded with a short corner but, after a succession of attempts on goal, East London’s defence proved impenetrable.
East London looked to press on and see the game out and did just that towards the latter stages of the second half with another calmly executed short corner leaving Carlton helpless.
A consolation goal came from the away side with no more than a minute left in the game. Shorter made a mazy run down the right half and slammed a crossfield pass to the back post where Clarkson was on hand to deliver.
It was too little too late and Bourne Deeping will need to quickly bounce back to form with an away tie against promotion contenders Ipswich and East Suffolk this weekend.
Bourne Deeping 3rds produced a battling performance despite going down to a 3-1 away loss at Division 4NW high-flyers Cambridge South 2nds.
They had travelled to Cambridge with a scratch team which included a multitude of defenders and midfielders and not many forwards to face a home team who had won 6-0 at Glinton earlier in the season.
The Dragons started well, talking and working to close the space that Cambridge were looking to create and utilise, with Graham Brewer and Mark Mowbray looking to get the ball wide to Eoin Briggs and Stewart Dacre.
Following an aerial pass down the left-hand side from Dacre to Mark Cox, the latter drove into the D and won a short corner.
He stopped the push out himself and shot hard and straight, the ball sailing between the keeper’s legs and thumping into the backboard for 1-0 lead.
This seemed to spur South on, wanting to make sure they didn’t let the game slip, and Wes Thomas, Paul Matthews and Will Watts were called into action more than once to chase and harry the midfielders.
The equaliser was scored towards the half-time break as a pass was made straight through from centre midfield to the forward.
Joe Wray looked to come out to close the shot down, but he was only able to get a bit of pad on the effort which wasn’t enough to keep it out and the scores were level at half-time.
The second half was a hard-fought affair with five cards shown to the teams for various reasons, from pushing an opponent to the floor to suggesting the umpires could do better.
Bourne Deeping kept looking to close the South attacks down and deny them the space to shoot and, when the hosts did get breaks, they either hit the post or blazed a golden opportunity high and wide.
South did get their second goal from a short corner which was slipped by the number one runner and then deflected up past the post man.
Dragons didn’t let this faze them and although, they couldn’t force their way into the D, they were working well with Tom Day and Simon Goode looking to get up the pitch to help Mark Cox get another chance on goal.
The final South goal was scored as a pass was made into the D where Dacre, looking to intercept, only managed to deflect the ball to a forward, taking all the pace off of it as well and leaving the keeper no chance as the ball went between his legs.
Bourne Deeping 6ths followed up their impressive Division 6NW(N) win last week by sharing the spoils in a 1-1 draw with an experienced Leadenham side.
A strong start saw the Dragons fail to turn momentum into goals following some excellent link up play between Joseph Moisey and Howitt.
With half-time looming it was Bourne Deeping though who were camped in their half with the back line of Harry Wakeham, Geoff Wadsworth and the impressive Foster doing well against a barrage of attacks and controversial short corners.
The second half saw more fluency with Richard Gray picking out Steve Waters up front with long balls and Pete Moisey linking well with the wingers.
The pressure paid off with Moisey winning a short corner which Callum Howitt on the slip flicked in to open the scoring.
As expected Leadenham upped the ante and a lapse in midfield led to an equaliser with ten minutes to play.
It was end-to-end hockey until the final whistle with Waters having cracks on goal as the wingers attacked with more fluency but Leadenham had chances of their own and a string of superb saves from keeper Wright ensured the Dragons earned a point.
Overall it was a fair result with the Sixths lacking the slickness of last week’s win, but nevertheless a game containing positives for Saturday’s match against City of Peterborough.
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