Ford turned up at Arthur Mellows with only nine players on Saturday and the strongest and best prepared Bourne Deeping Men’s 1st team of the season showed no mercy, beating the visitors 9-3.
The game started in the worst possible way with Ford taking the lead in the first minute after a 50 yard hit from a 16, poor marking and some missed tackles. However the scores were levelled immediately with some slick passing and a cultured reverse stick finish by Matt Sutterby.
With the two man advantage Dragons continued to apply pressure in the final third with Chris Clarkson popping up to grab a second after a tight finish. A third swiftly followed from a recovered short corner routine, with Rich Collins slipping the ball to Stuart Biggs for a simple finish.
The half-time score line was 3-1 with Bourne Deeping at times being frustrated by Ford’s defence and not making the most of the extra men.
After the break Ben Slack popped up to make it 4-1 but Bourne Deeping were not playing the simple hockey that makes them look so deadly at times.
This was confounded when after another turn over in Ford’s D ended with a two against one at the opposite end and a goal for the opposition. This seemed to spur the home team on and two goals came in quick succession, Biggs slotted home a well worked short and then Glover found himself with enough space and time in the D to slot home from close range. The score was now 6-2 and was all but over; Dragons should have kicked on from here and doubled the score line. However the home team again slipped back into sloppy play especially in the final third with countless circle penetrations being turned over with no shot. Slack did pop up with a classy finish after the ball was crashed into the D for a deflection and he then added another in quick time. A turn over and Ford break resulted in a goal for the visitors taking the score to 8-3. Alex Glover finished off the day’s scoring.
l A young Bourne Deeping Men’s 2nds went down 3-0 away at promotion chasing Ely 1sts on Saturday.
With a young side boasting eight players aged 21 or under hopes of fitness and youth held high within the older backline, this was not to be true as Ely started strong and stayed strong. Ely started on the front foot and only the strong defence of the Dragons kept them at bay.
The Dragons found it difficult, due to the pressing game from Ely, to get out of the 22. When Ely did find a way through the centre pairing of the superb Rich Arnold and Graham Brewer they found keeper Joe Wray more than up to the task of keeping them out.
After 15 minutes of sustained pressure Ely found the goal, a fine strike from the top of the D finding the inside of the far post leaving all stranded.
Ely struck again soon after, Dragons rallied. Great challenges from Tom Everton and Jason Purllant showed the guile of the Dragons and when again the solid defence was breached they were stopped with a string of saves from Wray, who would at the death of the first half, hand a huge advantage to Ely.
The ball was fired into the D with 2 minutes of the half left, a small, innocuous, slow deflection caused Wray to miss the ball completely and gift a goal.
Half time came and along with it a rallying call from the “old heads”.
This galvanised the Dragons but wasn’t enough to stem the flow of Ely, although keeping them down to six short corners in the second half, man of the match Wray had to be on hand to thwart five with help from the an excellent short corner clearance from Purllant.
Then Dragons created a few of their own, including a sustained five minute camped in the Ely 22 but to no avail.
The stand out moment of the period was James Gregson “nutmegging” the last defender only to be denied by the on rushing keeper.