Bourne Deeping put seven past Spalding to maintain their hold on third place going into the third Christmas and New Year break.
The Dragons fielded a much-changed back four as they started the match with an air of caution. But by the end they were clear winners with a 7-3 victory to round off 2012.
Having absorbed an early spell of Spalding pressure, Bourne Deeping began to advance, and soon won a series of short corners taking the lead from the third of these.
A wayward drag flick from Phil Arnold was deflected into the goal by an unfortunate Spalding defender and this settled the home side.
Bourne Deeping’s second goal soon followed with a neat reverse stick cross from newly-signed James Meadows roofed by Nick Glover.
Still in the game, Spalding won a short corner of their own and this was finished with a confident strike in the bottom corner of the goal.
Before the end of the half Bourne Deeping struck back with their third goal - a well-placed shot from Chris Clarkson to hand the Dragons a 3-1 lead going in at the half-time.
Spalding applied a high press early in the second half and had several chances before Bourne Deeping extended their lead. Nick Brocklehurst bagged his first goal with a mighty reverse stick flick. His second soon followed with another reverse stick flick.
Now 5-1 up, the home side relaxed, allowing Spalding to come forward and, with some quick play down their left, pull two goals back.
However, this only spurred Bourne Deeping on to resore their four-goal advantage with Brocklehurst completing his hat-trick by slipping the ball under the keeper, and Nick Glover getting his second of the game with an impressive diving effort at the back post.
The final 7-3 scoreline keeps Bourne Deeping firmly in the battle for second place in Division 2N in the second half of the season.
Bourne Deeping 2nd 1
Spalding 2nd 0
Mike Gregson’s first goal of the campaign could not have come at a better time as the right back grabbed Bourne Deeping’s match-winning goal against Spalding 2nds.
The 1-0 victory leaves the Dragons at the top of the 4NW division as the teams head into the Christmas break.
On a slippery surface, both sides struggled to find their feet in the opening exchanges. Possession was pretty much even throughout the first half during which both sides enjoyed spells of pressure.
The Dragons began to take the initiative in the second half and Mark Cox, Kevin Baker, and Mike Gregson combined on the right flank to create chances and it was from one of these that Gregson, drove deep into the Spalding D and slipped the ball past the keeper from a tight angle to give his side the lead.
The Dragons almost doubled their soon after when a short corner was drag-flicked by Shane Carlton but blocked by the defender running out. Carlton kept his head to re-gather the ball and finish the chance but the umpires conferred and judged that the initial shot had been dangerous and the goal did not stand.
Spalding stepped up the pressure but the Dragons’ back four were at their miserly best and Tim Beaver pulled off some important saves to keep Spalding out and see his team home with an invaluable three points.
Bourne Deeping 4th 4
Ely 3rd 1
After enjoying all the early pressure, the Dragons had to dig deep before sealing a comfortable 4-1 victory in the 5NW division.
Steve Waters converted from the home side’s first penalty corner to put Bourne Deeping in front.
Shortly after that Nick Maxey drove into the D and pulled back for Pete Moisey, who’s wayward shot found Tim Kisiel who made no mistake.
After the break Kisiel put the game beyond doubt from open play.
Ely pulled one back after a series of penalty corners but a collector’s item from Magnus Windsor restored the three-goal advantage.
Bourne Deeping 5th 4
St Neots 3rd 5
Bourne Deeping lost a cracking nine-goal game against St Neots by a single goal.
Bourne Deeping opened the scoring with a wonderfully crafted move finished by Dan Tyler but St Neots soon equalised with a drag flick beating Eliot Bates at his near post.
The Dragons edged in front again after the half-time break with a goal from Jeremy Phipps but again St Noets quickly levelled.
Both teams had opportunities to take the lead and the Dragons went in front for the third time through a bizarre goal that somehow managed to find its way into the net and was credited James Gregson.
Late in the second half the tiring Dragons were caught pushing for their second win of the season and St Neots capitalised on gaps at the back to score twice in five minutes.
With just minutes to go the Dragons equalised with a spectacular piece of play between Jas Phagora and Dan Tyler but St Neots beat the helpless Jack Langley with a winner from the final play of the game.