Bourne Town Men’s 1st beat Wisbech Town 1st 5-4 in a thrilling England Hockey Men’s Trophy tie on Sunday.
Hosts Wisbech took the lead with a drag flick from a short corner rifled into the goal. Shortly after a smart cross-field aerial from Alex Glover found Chris Clarkson arriving in the D to coolly slot home.
The game at this stage was evenly balanced with both teams enjoying opportunities but neither took advantage until a Wisbech forward slipped over in the corner fooling the Bourne Deeping defender into diving in before crossing for an onrushing teammate to score. It remained 2-1 until half-time with Bourne Deeping in a determined mood looking to get back on level terms. This looked likely as the team started to gain the ascendency and had numerous short corners but the routines were badly malfunctioning. It was to prove costly as Wisbech scored on a counter attack for a two goal lead.
Bourne Deeping began to get agitated and were wobbling for five minutes .
It was at this point that Stuart Biggs finally strapped his shooting boots on. His first came from a penalty stroke after a foot on the line after yet another short corner. The equalizer came from open play and was powered into the bottom corner and was shortly followed by a rebound from a short corner.
With Bourne Deeping now in the lead they were keen to keep up the momentum and Biggs got his fourth from another short corner smashing it between the keeper’s legs.
Wisbech renewed their attacking efforts and threatened from a short corner that was cleared off the line by Biggs but Bourne Deeping were comfortable until needlessly giving the ball away in the midfield and Wisbech took advantage to set up a nervy final couple of minutes.
Alex Glover was named man of the match for his creativity narrowly edging out Andy Briault for his fine defensive work.
Bourne Deeping look forward to the next round on November 15 at home to Berkhamsted and Hemel Hempstead.