Spalding 0 - 4 Bourne Deeping
BOURNE Deeping Hockey Club’s Dragons maintained their excellent start to the season with a 4-0 victory at Spalding.
The opening 20 minutes of the game were open with the two sides sharing possession but neither able to penetrate strong defensive lines until a cleverly worked move down the right from Bourne Deeping led to the Spalding keeper trapping the ball, preventing a scoring opportunity and conceding a penalty flick.
Chris Clarkson stepped up confidently to take the flick and, having deceived the keeper with his feet, proceeded to fluff the flick which only just made it over the line.
As the end of the first half approached, the Dragons won another and this time Phil Arnold stepped up and showed how a flick should be taken, firing the ball into the roof of the net to hand Bourne Deeping a 2-0 lead at half time.
The end-to-end play continued after the interval with some great defensive work from Alan Chick of Bourne Deeping keeping Spalding at bay.
Bourne Deeping’s third came from a well-worked long corner routine with captain Alex Glover firing the ball from the top of the D to the back post, where Russ Seaton pounced and turned the ball into the back of the net.
The icing on the cake came late on for Bourne Deeping when a short corner resulted in Phil Arnold drag-flicking the ball expertly into the top left corner.
The victory keeps Bourne Deeping top of the East league’s 2N Division after two games.
Bourne Deeping: James Page, Phil Arnold, Peter Jeffery, Alan Chick, John Plant, Alex Glover, Chris Clarkson, Andy Kind, Ali Rowledge, Henry Winfield-Chislett, Paul Tankred, Russ Seaton.
BDHC Ladies 1
Camb City Ladies 0
BOURNE Deeping Hockey Club’s ladies won their first away match of the season with a solitary first half strike enough to beat Cambridge City.
Midway through the half, the ball was played down the right from Gemma Caitlin to Carol Murray and she played it to Amy Ewing who scored a textbook goal.
BDHC finished the half with intelligent, structured hockey but after the break were pushed back and Katie Woodward in goal had an outstanding game.
BDHC 2nd 1 - 1 Spalding 2nd
THE Dragons’ 2nd XI had to settle for a hard fought draw against Spalding 2nds after a James Lowson wondergoal for Spalding midway through the first half was cancelled out by a Richard Arnold tap-in with 15 minutes to go.
It was during what was perhaps BDHC’s best period of play that they conceded. A long corner was cleared to Lowson on his own 25 yard line and he drove forward all the way into the Dragons’ D where two defenders and a goalkeeper failed to make any meaningful challenge.
BDHC asserted themselves more in the second half but although they enjoyed greater possession, they were unable to create any clear goalscoring opportunities from open play.
The equaliser eventually came from a short corner breakdown. The ball was overhit but Chris Mann chased down the loose ball and fired it back across goal for Richard Arnold to tap in from a yard out.