Tidy Sutton success for ladies first team
Bourne Deeping Ladies returned a tidy 3-1 away success in Saturday’s Division 2NW match at Long Sutton.
The game started off very evenly matched with both teams having equal possession.
Long Sutton broke the deadlock after 10 minutes as they started a breakaway and managed to get past the Dragons defence to go 1-0 up.
The Dragons kept their heads and, after some great team-work, were awarded a penalty corner where Sue Oakley managed to get a touch at the left post to slip the ball past the keeper and bring the scores level.
The second half saw the Dragons having more possession and moving the ball better through their midfield.
Sara Morgan-Walters had a great game in midfield, linking up well with forward player Annie-Marie Ash who had some great runs at the Long Sutton defence.
Bourne Deeping soon found the back of the net again after a great run from man of the match Emily Murray who stormed down the right, driving along the baseline to get a deflection off a Long Sutton player and giving the Dragons the lead.
Despite having no substitutes this week, the Dragons kept the pressure on working tirelessly as defenders Caroline Geddes and Lucy Norman both kept the Long Sutton forwards out and defended several short corners.
The last 10 minutes saw the Dragons step up the pressure and the ball found Murray who again dominated down the right, weaving around the Long Sutton players who couldn’t get near her.
This allowed her to drive into the D, drawing out the opposition’s keeper and leaving Jo Addison wide open on the far post to seal the 3-1 success after a fine team performance.
Table-topping Bourne Deeping Ladies 2nds proved too strong for their third team club-mates with a 5-0 victory in their Division 4NW(N) clash.
A determined start saw the Seconds go close early on as Genny Brittain set up Kirsty Martin to have the first shot on goal.
The pressure continued and the Seconds broke the deadlock when Nadine Curtis found Kay Greenaway with a quick pass which was moved on to Martin who opened the scoring.
This rocked the Thirds who conceded another goal shortly after as Rachel Adams set up Martin who made it 2-0.
The Thirds responded with raids from Lucy Scrafton and Cara Gatward-Clarke, but the Seconds stayed strong and regained their dominance in the second period.
Jen Orrell and Sian Manzur exploited some space in midfield to create openings for skipper Martin to add two more to her four-goal tally.
Dawn McShane then rounded off the win with her first goal of the season after more good build-up play from Orrell and Manzur.
Bourne Deeping 3rds’ tough ask of getting something out of their Division 4NW trip to Long Sutton 2nds proved correct after a 6-0 away defeat on Saturday.
The trio of Long Sutton players from a level above was where the difference between the two sides lay. Through the spine of their side their control and skill was excellent.
The final score did not reflect the quality of play on display by Bourne Deeping as this was by far the most comprehensive performance of the season.
There was plenty of possession through the centre of midfield of Arnold, Gregson and Thewlas, supported on the flanks of Powell and debutant Mountain.
The play was built from the back where Mowbray, Watts and Briggs kept thwarting the attacking threat on many occasions with Watkins and Foster running the lines up front.
There were numerous passages of play that oozed class, retaining possession and building progress up the pitch.
The tackling was veracious and Long Sutton certainly knew they were in a game. Bourne Deeping rued their penalty corner misses with the hosts being more clinical up front.
There were lots to take from the game for Bourne Deeping who face another promotion-chasing team this weekend.
Bourne Deeping 4ths suffered a disappointing 2-1 home loss to March 2nds after a Division 5NW display that deserved more.
The Fourths started positively and forced the visitors back but the early goal they needed never came.
Instead the away team started to fight back with Langley making an amazing save to keep the score level.
March did take the lead with a rocket finish from a broken short corner, but the Dragons fought back with Brittain and Humby-Parker showing great quality.
The equaliser came from an expert deflection from Tim Kisiel to make it 1-1.
The second half started the same as the first with the Dragons constantly knocking on the door.
But, as the chances went, the Dragons feared the worst and when an excellent March counter put the visitors in front against the run it looked bleak.
The Fourths continued to push with Kisiel inches wide from a great move down the wing involving Bradshaw and Brittain.
Brittain looked to have got a deserved equaliser in the last second but, as the ball arrowed to the bottom corner, the keeper got a boot to it to deny Dragons a point.