Bourne Deeping’s 2nd team, boosted by a number of returning players including the jetsetting captain earned a 5-2 victory over local rivals Peterborough 5ths in a bottom of the table clash at Bretton Gate.
Once captain Briault had re-introduced himself to his team and remembered what a stick looked and felt like, Dragons warmed up well and were motivated from the starting whistle.
Pressure was good from the Dragons, they pressed high and played the ball around well and were very soon in front after Tom Everton slotted in after some great work from midfield and especially Jonny Allen wide right, to make it 1-0 to the Dragons.
A second was added soon after with squeaks of amazement from players and spectators as a Shane Carlton back-stick shot didn’t fly over the bar but nestled in the side netting 2-0.
Dragons relaxed a little at this point and with Peterborough changing their formation, allowed the home side back in to the game.
Although the defence of Curtis, Brewer, Arnold and Briault looked comfortable under pressure and even Bennett allowed himself some playful “step-overs” with his backside in Dragons D, it was runners from midfield who created two chances for Peterborough in a matter of a few minutes which they took and levelled the scores.
Dragons knew this was sloppy and very quickly picked their game back up, using the pace and skill of Allen and feeding the rampant forward pair of Everton and Carlton, Dragons pushed again.
They were rewarded by a number of short corners, one of which was coolly dispatched by Carlton with a scorching drag-flick to make it 3-2 to Dragons at half-time.
The second half started well for Bourne Deeping, very few visits to the Dragons’ half meant the whole team were able to push up.
Joint man of the match Carlton led the front line well along with Everton and other man of the match Allen ran them ragged on the right but for a while there was no end product.
A rare Peterborough short corner was well saved by Bennett, giving skipper Briault an earful of fast travelling astro ball at the same time, but Dragons didn’t panic and broke quickly when Peterborough tried to press.
One break saw Everton pick the ball up around the half-way line, dribbled in to the D, ignoring loud calls from open players on the back post with an open goal, but he coolly lobbed the keeper to restore a two goal lead and Dragons relaxed again.
More pressure saw more short corners and eventually Dragon’s best player Allen got his rewards with a tip-in from seven inches.
Dragons played really well as a unit, the midfield of Clarkson, Purllant, Allen and Rudman were solid in defence and slick in their distribution.
Bourne Deeping’s work rate was exceptional with the pace of Raffan and Gregson coming off the bench to cause havoc and maintain the pressure.
It was a well-deserved three points and a great performance. Next up is a trip to Wisbech.