Victory sets up a thrilling derby tie

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Bourne Deeping 1st 5 Ely City 2nd 0

BOURNE Deeping Dragons head into tomorrow’s clash with promotion rivals Spalding on the back of a convincing win against Ely 2nd.

Whoever wins tomorrow’s match will move above City of Peterborough 4th XI to go top, and Bourne Deeping will hope for a repeat of last week’s form.

BDHC could afford to lose to Ely and lost Tommy Stopper on the morning of the game leaving them without any substitutes and only three out and out defenders. However, the Dragons lined up with an attack-minded formation, determined to extend their goal difference advantage.

Bourne Deeping made all the early running with their new formation creating acres of space for Alex Glover and Will Epsom to exploit. This early sustained pressure resulted in a string of chances and short corners, but the finishing touch eluded the Dragons until Chris Clarkson pounced on a rebound to open the scoring.

A second soon followed, with some sharp passing from Bourne leading to a shot on goal being blocked by an Ely foot. Clarkson calmly scuffed the resulting penalty flick home.

The game was now almost exclusively in the Ely half and it was only a matter of time before a third goal came, this time courtesy of a composed finish from Henry Winfield-Chislett.

Bourne Deeping began to tire in the second half but the back three of Phil Arnold, Andy Briault and Peter Jeffrey were almost impenetrable, leaving the returning Tim Beaver in goal with relatively little to do.

On the break, the Dragons were still dangerous. Clarkson capped off a man-of-the-match winning performance by completing his hat-trick. Andy Kind then picked up the ball on his own 25 and dribbled majestically through the Ely team to slot home the fifth.

Bourne Deeping: Tim Beaver, Phil Arnold, Andy Briault, Peter Jeffery, Andy Kind, Will Epsom, Chris Clarkson, Ali Rowledge, Alex Glover, Nick Glover, Henry Winfield-Chislett.

BDHC 4th 7 Camb Nomads 3rd 1

WITH few games played in recent weeks and key matches still to come, getting back to basics was the main aim of the Dragons’ 4th XI.

With an experienced squad, the home team dominated possession and were six goals to the good before the break. Richard Gray opened the scoring with Pete Moisey, Steve Waters, Jon Green, Mike Bradshaw adding to the tally, and Matt Barber marking his return after 15 years with a goal.

Nomads strengthened at the break and the second half was a sterner test, not least because of the numerous rotations on pitch. Bourne Deeping’s domination continued but although they created lots of chances they only scored one more - a moment of pure instinct when Waters turned in a deflected penalty corner strike.

A goal, conceded on a rare break, could not to detract from the overall performance which sets up an intriguing end-of-season, beginning with a trip to March tomorrow.

BDHC 4th: Ray Isaac, Pete Moisey, Steve Knipe, Ben Connell, Richard Baker, Magnus Windsor, Mark Mowbray, Jon Green, Conor Carmody, Steve Waters, Richard Gray, Anthony Barnes, Mike Bradshaw, Tim Keisel and Matt Barber.

BDHC Ladies 3 Ely Ladies 3rd 0

BOURNE Deeping Ladies played their best hockey of the season to beat Ely 3-0 on Saturday.

The first goal came from a Camilla Smith short corner strike before half time.

BDHC looked even stronger in the second half, using the width of the pitch well. The second goal came from another short corner, with Allam finding the net. Natasha Newitt scored the final goal after some excellent passing play.

Bourne Deeping Ladies: Katie Woodward, Sian Jones, Marie Barber, Jan Havemann, Becky Allam, Jenny Tuffin, Gemma Catlin, Nadine Curtis, Natasha Newitt, Camilla Smith, Laura Tompson-Wright, Sue Oakley, Emily Ostler.