An 8-3 defeat at the Olympic Park last week saw the Dragons return home to the den with a new attitude for Saturday’s name was against national league club Cambridge City 3rd XI, who were so far undefeated.
Undefeated that was until they visited Arthur Mellows at the weekend and were beaten 4-2 by an impressive Bourne Deeping 1st team.
The game started positively, with both teams vying for possession. Right from the first whistle, the home side were disciplined and pressed well. City tried various routes but all ended with interceptions or harmless passes off the end of the pitch.
The Dragons’ defensive work was soon rewarded with a chance, when some quick passing allowed Stuart Biggs to break free of his marker, smashing home a reverse shot, for 1-0.
This gave the Dragons the boost they needed and more attacks fell upon the City defence.
Excellent skills aided by some good footwork gave Andrew Fletcher a chance in the D which he did not pass up, burying a hit under the keeper to double the lead. City did start to push again, but a counter saw Chris Clarkson release a solid reverse hit into the away keeper, that Simon Thomas tapped home for 3-0 at half-time.
A game of two halves is the popular saying and it certainly came true in this one. Cambridge showed why they are so far undefeated and turned on a full press. This firstly paid off when skill from the City forward earned a short corner, converted with a nice low drag flick. They continued to attack, and again scored, despite Andrew Kind’s goal line efforts.
The Dragons were looking shaky, but again showed spirit with tireless work in the new press. Some more chances for City went begging, and finally a counter-attack for the home side saw striker Biggs brought down by the away keeper. The result was a yellow card for the keeper and a penalty flick for Biggs was dispatched calmly into the bottom left-corner. It brought a new lease of life for the home team and some edgy last few minutes proved fruitless for Cambridge. A 4-2 win to Bourne Deeping took their home winning streak to five games.