Round-up of all the East League action from Bourne Deeping Hockey Club
A second successive long trip again failed to bring any reward for Bourne Deeping as they were beaten 5-1 by Brentwood in Saturday’s East League Division One clash.
The long drive and a relatively short warm-up didn’t help Bourne Deeping get off to the best of starts with Brentwood’s strong early attacking intent resulting in an own goal as Andrew Kind could only bat the ball into his own net attempting to clear a shot that had ricocheted up off keeper Portlock.
Brentwood were playing a high pressing game which resulted in several turn-overs that led to a short corner in which it hit Graham Brewer's foot on the line. The umpires blew for a penalty flick which was converted into a goal despite Portlock's diving attempt.
Brentwood's next goal was from another decent short corner in which it went in between left post man and goalkeeper.
The Dragons regrouped at half-time despite trailing by three goals and were ready to battle again.
Unfortunately they conceded a fourth goal when another short corner, after being well saved by Portlock, hit Brewer’s arm and rebounded to their player who hit the ball in after the whistle. The umpires conferred and allowed it.
After that, the Dragons started playing better as a team and began to create pressure of their own which led to multiple short corners with one being converted successfully by Ben Brittain who listened to his own keeper's advice and dragged the ball low and slow into the right hand corner.
Bourne Deeping applied more pressure, inspired by the running of Andrew Kind and Charlie Riddington, but sadly this didn’t result in any further goals.
Brentwood, ever dangerous on the counter attack, scored another to make the final score 5-1.
Young players Roddy Mountain and Charlie Riddington worked hard and played well throughout the game by preventing many goals and creating chances whenever they could.
Bourne Deeping 2nds were unable to follow up last weekend’s opening day victory as they went down to a 2-0 home reversal against City of Peterborough 5ths on Saturday.
The Dragons knew it would be a tough game against a visiting side who had won their Division 4NW opener 6-0 last weekend.
The Dragons looked strong in the first 10 minutes by moving and passing the ball around the Peterborough players in their half.
However, Peterborough came back with a counter attack and, after winning a short corner, broke the deadlock.
Peterborough then found the back of the net again with more attacking play before the whistle went for half-time which left Bourne knowing they needed to step up their game to win or draw the match.
They started to switch on in the second half with great movement and play down both the wings and getting the ball into the D.
With Bourne winning a short corner, Chris Burden stepped up to take it and it just went wide of the post.
Bourne’s forwards were eager to get a goal past the Peterborough players with Neil Baldwin, Ben Rudman and Mike Allam all looking strong at the back to keep the visitors at bay.
Matthew Clarkson and Callum Howitt held the midfield by moving the ball around the players to create chances for the forwards.
Young players Hugo Brill and Ethan Edwards worked hard and played well throughout the game but Bourne Deeping were unable to find a breakthrough.
Bourne Deeping 3rds maintained their winning start to the new Division 5NW season after a 3-2 away success at City of Peterborough 6ths.
Buoyed by winning the previous week, the Dragons started well and put pressure on their hosts but in the desire to get a goal they left a Peterborough forward free to slot home the opening goal.
This pushed the Dragons who at this point had most of the possession and they won a short corner which after a lot of ricocheting about was finally dispatched by Jason Purllant.
The second goal for the Dragons came swiftly after as good advantage played by the umpire left Davin Foston with a second attempt at the shot which went into the bottom corner to give Bourne Deeping the lead at half-time.
However, Peterborough equalised after the break, catching the Dragons with a mild switch-off which allowed the forward to pass across the goal for his team-mate to slot in on the back post past Joe Wray.
The Dragons came back at Peterborough and, after a lot of dribbling, Chris Mann got himself into the D and with calm aplomb pushed the ball past the on-rushing keeper into the corner for his second goal in as many games.
The Dragons then held on to take a well deserved win to keep the team’s 100 per cent start to the new season.
The fourth team’s 6-1 thrashing of March 2nds in Division 5NW was a bright spot in an otherwise dismal October day.
Determined to make up for last week’s narrow defeat to their third team club-mates, the home team were focused on securing all three points.
However, the Dragons didn’t have it all their own way as, against the run of play, March took the lead with a fluky opening goal.
An inspired tactical substitution then saw Goode move into midfield to compliment an experienced midfield diamond of Moisey, Oakley and Chorley.
Oakley levelled before a Vartan short corner put the Dragons ahead with two more goals following to put them into a commanding lead.
The goal of the match then arrived as, after a tidy passing move down the right, Ed Moisey defied his tender years to send an exquisite lob over the keeper for the Dragons’ fifth.
Sensing March’s defence was tiring, another inspired substitution saw Baker come on up front to add impetus to the Dragons attack.
This move was rewarded when five minutes later a neat one-two at the top of the D set up Baker with a scoring opportunity and he calmly slotted the ball past the goalkeeper’s outstretched right foot into the far corner of the goal to put the ribbon on a 6-1 victory.
A 10-minute lapse is concentration took the shine of a decent display by the fifth team who went down to a 3-0 defeat against City of Peterborough 7ths in Division 6NW.
The Dragons had the better of the early exchanges with pace up front causing the Peterborough defence problems and forcing a number of errors.
Unfortunately this apparent upper-hand proved too much temptation for some and an over- commitment from midfield allowed Peterborough to exploit the gaps.
This caused Bourne Deeping to start going for the long ball after by-passing the largely vacant midfield which created an even greater gap in the middle when the ball was lost.
The defensive line up of Steph Knipe, Jabber Phipps, Joe Gresty and Simon Wilmot fought hard but were over-run and, despite valiant goalkeeping by Lee Langley, three goals in relatively short order secured the game for the opposition.
All credit to Bourne Deeping who got themselves together after half-time and continued to battle and showed some very skilful touches.
Gresty was outstanding in defence and combined with the tenacious George Crosby to produce some excellent play down the left flank.
Hotch, in the middle despite still carrying an injury from the previous week, tried to create the play and when he had the ball made sound passes, but unfortunately he saw far too little of it.
Gray worked hard covering a lot of ground up and down the pitch while on the right Phipps’ elastic reach saw several decisive ball wins and some good sorties down the right.
Charlie Butler and Kristian Rushworth both showed individual skills and pace often getting the better of the opposition and creating some good opportunities in the circle.
Butler was unlucky not to get a consolation goal when his shot went between the keeper’s pads but was just knocked wide by the back of the kicker.
Richard Gray showed touches of deft stick-work going forward on several solo runs, but unfortunately was not able to convert in the circle.
Lewis Grey made a creditable first league hockey appearance and showed some good touches on the right wing.
The second half ended 0-0 which was a creditable fighting display which with a little luck could have seen a couple of goals pulled back.
The younger members of the team all show touches of real talent, but they just need to gain experience and understanding that there are sometimes more options than forward.
Bourne Deeping Ladies continued their promising start to the new Division 2NW campaign after a 4-1 away victory at Pelicans.
Their King’s Lynn hosts had taken the lead after putting away a goal from the first short corner awarded within the first 10 minutes.
Bourne Deeping did not let this get their heads down and shortly afterwards secured their first goal with a deflection from Helena Darragh.
Some great runs up the pitch from the midfielders allowed Keira Maxey, who has recently stepped up to the first team, to slot home another goal which made it 2-1 at the interval.
Some good passages of play from the Dragons’ back line meant the play was predominantly up the attacking end and a shot on goal from Sophie Brittain was deflected off a Pelicans player for the third goal.
Norah Brill then put away an excellent finish on a ball that was crossed in the D to secure back-to-back wins with a fourth goal.
Bourne Deeping Ladies 3rds recorded their first win of the season after a 3-1 success over Leadenham in Division 4NW(N).
The visitors had arrived without a goalkeeper but the Dragons were unable to initially use it to their advantage as Leadenham took the lead.
Dragons responded through the efforts of Dawn McShane and Emily Anderson while the pace and skill of Sian Manzur, Amy Webster and Vicky Mumby kept Leadenham on the back foot.
However, they were unable to turn their dominance into goals and it needed an astonishing goalline stop from Sofia Cuppicciotti to prevent the visitors from doubling their lead.
Dragons responded again and a quick hit out and gap in the field and position led to the ball driven into the D and then slipped under the radar of the defence by Kirsty Martin for Bourne to equalise.
Leadenham continued to defend well against the efforts of Emily Anderson, Sara Morgan-Walters, debutant Carmen Thornton and Christi King.
This prompted a change in structure for the second period which paid off as Martin put Dragons ahead and then Manzur made it three a minute later from a tight corner angle.
The fresh legs of Emma Cowell kept the Dragons momentum going despite a late Leadenham rally that was dealt with effectively by Jo Morgan-Walters, Kay Greenway and Vicky Mumby while goalkeeper Alex Parker produced a couple of fine diving saves to ensure a well-deserved victory.