Bourne Deeping hockey pick up vital league points at Ely

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Ely City Men 1

BDHC Men’s 1st 5

After the previous two weeks draws the Dragons travelled to league strugglers Ely City still in search of their first victory of 2014.

With a 17 point difference between the teams before the game this was a must win for the Dragons to keep their league survival target on 

With great possession work in midfield and the visitors pressing all the way up the pitch it was not long until the first chances came the Dragons way.

Nick Glover bagged the first goal for the Dragons after a surging run from Mark Cox found Ben Slack who ripped through the Ely backline to set Glover up.

The chances kept coming for the Dragons with penalty corners working well this week.

The visitors had a goal disallowed when a shot from Andy Kind found the foot of Slack on the line to deny him and later the ball crossed over the line again but was again disallowed.

A quiet half for the BDHC defence saw the half finish with the Dragons holding the advantage.

The second half started with the Dragons into wind but this was not enough to stop the attacking prowess of the visiting side.

The Dragons soon extended their advantage when Glover bagged his second of the afternoon by a slick passing move through Richard Collins.

Soon after the Dragons were three to the good when a well injected short corner was despatched directly into the goal by a well placed flick from Collins.

Ely managed to claw one back soon afterwards when their captain was allowed to drive into the D unchallenged and fire the ball into the far bottom corner.

This was a wake up call for the visiting side. The whole team held possession well and Slack found Matt Clarkson in the D to put the Dragons four ahead with a well placed shot.

Continuing the onslaught the midfield continued to rip into the Ely defence and when Harry Oakley found Slack for his 12th goal of the season the afternoon’s work was pretty much completed at 5-1.

The final whistle blew and Ely were put out of their misery for another week.

The silver wand for man of the match this week was retained by last week’s winner Nick Glover, his 2 goals and tireless effort enough for him to win the award.

Next week the Dragons welcome West Herts 2’s to the Arthur Mellows Astro for another game Bourne Deeping will be looking to take maximum points from.

BDHC 2nds 1

Ely 2nds 2

A frustrating defeat means the Dragons second string are not out of relegation danger just yet.

Bourne Deeping began the game well, knocking the ball about with confidence, and probing down the wings when the opportunity arose.

However their possession lacked the cutting edge and Ely were soon content to let the Dragons have control in their own half as they waited to pounce on any stray passes.

It was one such stray pass which lead to Ely’s first goal as an Ely forward was presented with the ball in front of goal and after rounding Tim Beaver in the Dragons net, coolly slotted the ball home past the defender on the line.

Bourne Deeping stuck to their passing game but again it was an error which led to Ely captain Tim Reynolds getting the ball with time and 
space to drive into the D, without a significant challenge offered, to make it 2-0 to the home side.

The Dragons were making inroads but the final ball just would not stick and in truth they failed to really work the Ely keeper as much as they should have.

In the second half Paul Tancred’s mazy run down the left saw him flash the ball across the face of goal just two yards out but although Graham Brewer flung himself headlong at the ball his deflection could only trickle agonisingly inches wide.

The Dragons pressed and pressed, but too often promising moves were broken down by stray passes and they failed to get their shots away while Ely kept Beaver busy as they counter attacked with pace, though the big keeper stood tall to deny them at every step.

Brewer eventually found himself with time on the ball out on the left to put across a square ball which Jason Purllant intelligently dummied for Tancred to step into and unleash a rocket of a shot high into the net with 10 minutes to play.

Bourne Deeping pushed another striker on in search of an equaliser, but Ely held firm to take the win.

Eight points from their remaining 6 games will see the Dragons 2nd XI mathematically safe.

They will look to make their target just five as they take on Long Sutton at home next weekend.

BDHC 3rds 4

Louth 1sts 1

It was the 3rd team’s performance of the season against previously unbeaten Louth on Saturday.

A game plan to limit the Louth attack was executed perfectly and combined with conversion of chances.

The 3rd team do not concede easily and Sampson, Pasqualino and Chorlton nullified the known threats of Louth attack.

Paul Curtis again covered plenty of ground and picked up the loose ends as a young and rapid Louth midfield tried to pour forward.

It was the experience of Vartan in front of goal that put the home side in front.

From that position the Dragons frustrated Louth and controlled play as far from their own goal as possible.

Tyler again impressed with work rate and end product. 
The busy Dragons forward line stretched the visitors and pulled their experienced sweeper out of position creating opportunities on goal and penalty corners.

Curtis on strike found the keeper with the first strike but calmly picked up the rebound to score.

Two further penalty corners and Moisey increased the margin to create a comfort zone punctuated by Louth’s solitary effort.

Dodd’s put everything into the cause and was a constant threat, Mowbray provided a disciplined barrier at the base of the midfield while Tom Everton held strong the threat of attacks along the left channels.