Bourne Deepings Hockey Club’s top two men’s teams lost at the weekend but the third and fifth teams both picked up wins.
Ford HC Men’s 1st 4
BDHC Men’s 1st XI 3
In the early exchanges, the Dragon’s were able to play some fine-looking hockey and take the game to the home side.
However Ford had the best chance early on. The travelling Dragons responded well ,driving up the field to win the first penalty corner of the game.
A slick injection and sure stop between the Glover brothers allowed Richard Collins to fire the ball goal-bound. Not finding the back of the net after a save from the keeper, Phil Arnold pounced on the loose ball to fire the Dragons in front.
The early lead seemed to anger the home side and waves of attacks came the Dragons’ way.
Being given an opportunity through a short corner, the home side levelled when their penalty corner was converted by a hammer of a shot.
It was not long after when the third goal of the game came, after an awkward ball was fired into the D, bounced and span, hitting keeper Page and awarding the home side the 2-1 advantage.
Despite luck seemingly not on the Dragons’ side, the visitors did not allow this to unravel their style of play.
Continuing to press and threaten the home side’s goal, penalty corners came and went but the Dragons were unable to claw their way back from the deficit.
Half time came and Ford held the advantage.
The Bourne Deeping fighting spirit reared its head for the second half and they attacked with pace and vigour.
The returning Shane Carlton provided Nick Glover with his goal of the afternoon, firing the pass into the roof on the volley.
Soon after, the Dragons went ahead when a well-executed drag flick from Richard Collins during a penalty corner found the goal off a Ford defender’s arm on the line.
A string of injuries and cramps then decimated the Bourne Deeping line up, and a mass shuffle of players ensued.
Ford gained the equaliser after a break away found an unmarked attacker at the top who just managed to get the ball over the sliding keeper.
Just as the match was looking like it was going to finish with the points shared, Ford broke once again in the dying seconds.
Again the attacking player tried to nip the ball over the sliding keeper although this time the keeper made contact with the ball only for it to deflect back off the attacking player and into the goal.
BDHC 2nds 2
Cambs City 4ths 3
Saturday’s match was a five-goal thriller with a penalty flick, a disallowed goal, and three candidates for goal of the season.
A confident Cambs side were an attacking threat right from the off as they set about their Bourne Deeping visitors.
However, they found the Mighty Dragons in resilient mood and after repelling the home side’s preliminary advances, Dan Tyler struck the opening goal of the season contender to give the visitors an unexpected lead.
Cambridge rallied though and equalised and then took the lead after a bizarre passage of play.
With only Pullant covering the line, a stroke was awarded. Beaver had no chance with a well-driven penalty stroke into the bottom right corner.
In the second half, great work by youngsters Simon Taylor, Tom Everton and Dan Tyler in and around the Cambridge circle, Andrew Brassington’s shot ricocheted off the keeper’s helmet for Wesley Thomas to smash home the Dragons’ second.
But Cambs secured three points with a wonder shot, a fitting goal to win any game.
BDHC 3rds 2
St Ives 3rds 1
A massive tally of penalty corners with only one conversion is disappointing and without Andrew Vartan’s cool head the home team night have found themselves embarrassed.
Vartan found the gap at the near post to convert his penalty corner after sustained pressure and in the second half tied St Ives defenders in knots and finished smartly from just inside the D. St Ives pulled a goal back in the last minutes.
BDHC 5ths 2
Spalding 4ths 1
The fifths went at Spalding and took the lead when Matt Young and Ben Jacklin combined to create a chance for Waters to make it 1-0 which was soon doubled when Jacklin set up Paul Byrne.
Spalding got on the score sheet when their centre forward was left alone to neatly slot past Bourne Deepings’ stopper Langley to make it 2-1 at half time.
The visitors came out looking for the equaliser and created more chances but Langley was up to the challenge.