Clean sweep of victories for Bourne Deeping ladies
Bourne Deeping moved into third place in Premier B with a 2-1 home success over fellow promotion rivals Dereham on Saturday.
The Dragons, who were in high spirits after a four-game winning streak had got back their creative mojo, almost had a perfect start to the game.
A swift break by the skipper Slack, who ran from halfway to the opposing D unchallenged, slipped the ball inside to an unmarked Cook who lost the ball under his feet and squandered an opening goal within the first minute.
Dereham were kept quiet for the majority of the first half by the Bourne Deeping defenders and blocking midfielders.
Their only few chances were gifted to them by the Dragons loose passing in the early stages of the game.
Bourne Deeping won the first short corner of the game and with a patented move Andrew Williams slotted the Dragons into the lead.
The home side continued the pressure already established and started to turn the screw.
Good passing all-round the pitch, transferring the ball around the back then down the wings, created further opportunities.
One such opportunity was snaffled up by man of the match Simon Miles with a trademark reverse stick finish.
Shortly after, Bourne Deeping were reduced to 10 men for a brief spell as Arnold was unfairly adjudged to have fouled an opponent. The Dragons stood firm until the whistle for 2-0 lead at half-time.
Bourne Deeping had played well in the first half but knew they had a lot more to give in the second.
They started out with the same intense passing, moving the ball left to right and back again, opening the away side's midfield with ease.
However, they were unable to create any clear cut chances, and, despite their best efforts, the Dragons could not extend their lead.
Dereham managed to get a goal back after a goalmouth scramble ended with the ball bobbling across the line.
Close to the death, things got a little more interesting after Tavenor was sent off after receiving a yellow card for not retreating five after a free hit.
But Bourne Deeping held on to the final whistle, after weathering a late three-on-one attack which was concluded by a superb diving tackle by Biggs to finish the game 2-1.
Five straight wins, and other results going their way, saw Bourne Deeping jumped two teams in the standings - the real work now begins to remain there.
Bourne Deeping 5ths ran out 3-1 winners in their crucial Division 6NW(N) table-topping tussle with Louth 2nds on Saturday.
With both teams having respectively beaten each other once this season, the match started with some end-to-end play as the teams sized each other up.
Bourne Deeping then started to get a stronger foothold on the game with some good distribution from the likes of Windsor, Hotch, Cox and Oakley out to the wings.
This bore fruit in a number close attempts on goal which were saved by the very capable Louth keeper.
The breakthrough for the Dragons typically came from a interchange between the youth of the side with Alex Hutton receiving the ball on the right, threading a pass to Zach Cox at the top of the D who hit a reverse stick shot.
This was deflected and the quick thinking Connor Gosnell pounced on the mid-air ball and slotted it into the goal.
The Dragons had a taste for goal, however, they struggled to find it again through a series of short corners and other attempts and at times were a bit frantic in front of goal.
In another move forward Bourne Deeping lost the ball just outside the Louth 25, however, the visiting player, struggling to get the ball under control, kicked it forward as he looked to move down the left.
While seen by a number of the Bourne Deeping players, it was not spotted by the umpires and the delay to react proved to be costly as the ball was quickly moved into the Dragons D and was goalbound as Louth levelled.
Disappointed but determined to get back ahead, BDHC continued to play the same fast moving game and were very quickly again awarded another short corner.
The injection found its way to the right of captain Mark Cox, who decided to stop and take the hit himself. Driving low and hard to the left side of the goal, the team heard the sweet sound of the backboard and they were back on track at 2-1 ahead as half-time followed soon after.
The second half saw the Dragons continuing to press hard which was made easier by the strong defensive line.
Numerous attacks and shots were thwarted by the Louth keeper with Bourne Deeping sometimes guilty of picking the wrong shot.
Louth on the other hand, while more than capable of launching an attack, were resorting more to long balls which the Dragons were happy to deal with.
In another attack coming this time from the left, the ball was fed back into Magnus Windsor who was in open space.
Seeing Gosnell free at the top of the D he put through a nice pass which went for a strike only to be deflected to Zach Cox on the right.
Cox then managed to cleverly thread the ball past the quick moving keeper with Mark Hotchkin ensuring it crossed the goalline for 3-1.
The rest of the game was cleverly played out by Bourne Deeping with Louth starting to looked ragged and never really testing the defence and, with no short corners conceded all game, could be seen as one of their best displays.
As the whistle blew for the end of the game the Dragons roared with delight at winning a crucial game in the campaign.
Bourne Deeping Ladies claimed a derby victory with a 3-0 home success over Spalding in Saturday's Division 2NW clash.
A slow start from both sides saw the Dragons threaten with some dangerous runs from Emily Murray and Ella Henson
Spalding initially pressed the Bourne Deeping set plays, but by linking up more as a team the Dragons started to increase the number shots on goal towards the end of a goalless first half.
The intensity of the game was rapidly stepped up in the second half, Dragons using Kerry Fisher and April Gay as those pivoting roles and successfully transferring it across the pitch.
A great deflection into the right corner by Carol Murray opening the scoring and, once one goal was scored, Bourne Deeping were much more motivated for the win.
Two consecutive goals were then scored by Jen Biggs and Sara Morgan-Walters after working it around and into the back of the net to secure another three points.
Bourne Deeping Ladies 2nds extended their lead at the top of Division 4NW(N) to nine points with a 4-3 success at third-placed City of Peterborough 4ths on Saturday.
A fast start saw the Dragons dominate the opening exchanges, but they were caught on the break as CoP countered to win a short corner which was converted to give the hosts the lead.
This did not deter the Dragons and they came straight back with Rachel Adams bringing them level with her first attempt at goal.
This got the spirits up and the Dragons doubled their lead when Helena Darragh finished off a fabulous run for their second goal.
An end-to-end contest then followed with both sides forcing short corners as Dragons defended well through Rose Taylor-Jackson, Kay Greenaway, Nadine Curtis and Emily Langharne.
Bourne Deeping started the second half looking to extend their advantage and their wish was granted early on as a short corner was accurately converted with an overhead shot by Darragh.
CoP looked rattled, but introduced some new young blood in a determined effort to get back into the contest.
Dragons were slow at responding to a short corner and CoP pounced on a swift pass to reduce the deficit to 3-2.
Bourne Deeping took their time to regain their composure but, once they had, they restored their two-goal advantage.
A wide pass from Dawn McShane found Lily Fitch who then passed onto Darragh for a quick switch to Genny Britton who netted the crucial fourth goal.
Happier with the two-goal cushion, Dragons now needed to keep possession and let the time run down.
Unfortunately CoP's fighting spirit came back but, despite scoring their third goal, were unable to restore parity as Bourne Deeping extended their winning run to 14 games.
Bourne Deeping Ladies 3rds continued their recent run of victories with a narrow 1-0 home success over Spalding 3rds in Division 4NW(N).
They scored straight from the push-back as a couple of passes created a surge into the opposition's D where Penny Linsdell was teed up to score.
Spalding didn't take falling behind lying down and they were forced numerous short corners, but Phoebe Martin in the Dragons goal produced some sensational saves.
Spalding continued to pile on the pressure in the second period, but with level-headed calmness Dragons defended resolutely.
The game swung from end-to-end but further goals proved elusive as the Dragons edged a close contest.