It was a difficult weekend for Bourne Deeping hockey club with the first and second men’s teams and ladies all falling to defeats.
The Men’s 1st team went down 5-2 to West Herts 2nds who are one place below them in the East Men’s Hockey Division One table.
Bourne Deeping 2nds 0
Long Sutton 2nds 4
It was a familiar story as the Dragons fought hard but were ultimately punished for their mistakes by a strong Long Sutton side looking to consolidate their position in Div Three North West.
A relatively bright opening by the home side saw them create a couple of decent chances and Russ Seton was unlucky not to open the scoring for the home side when he was denied by a good save from the visiting keeper.
However as Long Sutton settled they began to find themselves with time on the ball to pick out their passes and with the Dragons midfield caught up-field, a quick break lead to a three on two chance which was tapped in to give Long Sutton the lead.
Long Sutton looked to build on that lead but the Dragons were resilient in defence despite having to reshuffle after centre back Phil Tokens had to leave the field for treatment after charging down a short corner chance.
At times the Dragons played some good passing hockey, but they failed to trouble the Long Sutton keeper as half-time brought the teams in with Bourne Deeping staring at a 1-0 deficit.
The second half was much of the same. Bourne Deeping huffed and puffed but could not blow the Long Sutton house down.
The game was evenly poised when a momentary lapse of judgement saw Richard Arnold sent to the bin for taking the ball above shoulder height following a wicked bounce off the home turf.
Reduced to 10 men they conceded within seconds as Long Sutton took full advantage of the re-jig in formation to press forward in numbers.
Graham Brewer let his man get the jump on him to tip a cross goal-wards which Tim Beaver did excellently to get across to, only for the ball to roll agonisingly over the line.
The killer third goal again came from an overload at the back and a crisp finish from Jeremy Watt from the right side of the D.
A fourth goal towards the end of the half added a touch of gloss to the scoreline, but the Dragons can have no complaints and must raise their game against local; rivals Peterborough next weekend.
City of Peterborough 6ths 0
BDHC 3rds 1
The third team match was a contest full of quality and passion, a clean sheet for the Dragons and a relieved captain.
With an early start at Peterborough and the first match having ended with a loss by the odd goal the Dragons were in determined mood.
Again Division four north west paired two teams full of experience punctuated with youthful flair.
Tom Everton was again excellent and put the home defence on edge, while at the other end Pasqualino stood out in his solid role repelling Peterborough threats.
Joe Wray made vital saves and deserved his first clean sheet. Bourne Deeping were able to create good pressure and chances and deal with the counter attacking threat. The deadlock remained and as the second half progressed and the pressure started to show as the tackles flew in.
The opportunity came when a penalty corner shot was deflected by the Peterborough defender onto his own foot and the away side were awarded a penalty flick.
Moisey stepped forward and most expected a calm conversion for the Dragons’ lead but the unthinkable happened and Bourne Deepings captain missed by some margin. Fortunately being made of stern stuff the Dragons shrugged it off and continued to press and with quick sticks the chance fell to Andrew Vartan who calmly converted to huge relief.
As time ran out the visitors retained possession through Rob Chorlton as far away from their own goal as possible to secure 3 wins in a row and 10 points from the last 12.