Bourne Deeping Hockey Club’s top two men’s teams notched 3-3 draws on Saturday as the club looked to rebound from losses last week.
After the hefty defeat the week before the Dragons 1st team needed to travel to Colchester with a view to take some points to help with league survival.
Starting with a bare 11 due to travelling issues, Bourne Deeping lost the toss and the home side took the ball.
Colchester 1st started the game extremely well, driving down their right and forcing a decent save from the goal keeper.
Eventually the visiting side settled into the game and it wasn’t long before Nick Glover found himself one-on-one with the keeper but was unable to despatch the ball into the goal.
Playing some great attacking hockey, Scott David Downie was allowed to make a great run down the right and fire across the D to a well-received deflection from Nick Glover into the goal.
With the Dragon tails held aloft it did not take long for them to find a second goal after Andy Kind passed to Ben Slack, who continued his great goal scoring form by nut-megging the keeper and doubling the Dragons advantage.
Playing some fantastic hockey the visitors continued their assault on the home side’s circle.
After winning the short corner, Ben Slack then set up Phil Arnold to take the dragons to 3-0.
Unfortunately for Phil after scoring the goal he turned from hero to villain as he was awarded a yellow card and sat on the sideline for the remainder of the half after the umpires decided his challenge on the Colchester attacker was a bit rough.
The Dragons held onto their lead until half time with 10 men.
Starting the second half with a full complement of players, the Dragons knew that it would be a difficult half with only 11 players and Colchester having a full squad and rotating well.
The home side soon started piling on the pressure and if it was not for an acrobatic save from the Bourne Deeping keeper they would have found themselves back in it early on.
Wave after wave of Colchester attacks came and were absorbed well by the tireless efforts of the Dragons’ defensive team.
The breakthrough finally came for the home team when they were awarded a penalty corner and played it around well to finally put themselves on the score sheet 1-3.
The home side continued their waves of attacks and scored their second of the afternoon when the ball found its way across the D for their forward to knock in at the back.
In the final moments Colchester won a penalty flick after a player tripped over in the D but was called as a push. Hoping to keep the points for his team, Captain Page faced the Colchester flicker and although he went the right way just missed out on keeping the ball out of his goal.
Bourne Deeping 2nds travelled to Peterborough 5ths on Saturday and in a game which had goals, cards, controversy, extreme weather, drew 3-3.
Bourne Deeping started well but against the run of play Peterborough went ahead when Dragons goalkeeper Tim Beaver brought down an attacker to conceed a penalty flick and yellow card.
Centre back Simon Wilmot stepped in between the sticks to face the flick but could do nothing to stop it.
The visitors scored again before the break. In the second half the Dragons piled on the pressure and Jason Purllant bundled home the Dragons’ first goal.
After some near misses Seton finally got his eye in to smash home the equaliser.
Tancred then gave Bourne Deeping the lead for the first time in the match.
However Peterborough scored late to make it 3-3 at the final whistle.