BDHC 2s v Cambs South
We deserved a goal.
Two goals in either half condemned Bourne Deeping 2s to their 14th defeat of the season and sees them 12 points from safety with just 6 games to go.
Positives from this season will definitely be the development of the youngsters who continued to show they are more than capable of playing at this level. Oscar Morely is quickly becoming a defensive stalwart and must surely be the first name on the teamsheet. He again put in a great shift at left back while on either flank, Rafa Parker-Humby and Ben Brittain were in flamboyant mood, with tricks and skills aplenty to bamboozle the Cambridge defenders.
Matt Clarkson and George Collins
added the grit up front to complement the creativity, but unfortunately their endeavour failed to yield the reward of a goal they probably deserved.
The Dragons had already suffered the late withdrawal of 2 players to leave them with a bare 11 plus the walking wounded of Andy Briault
, assuming the role of team manager for the day. However, when Ben Rudman collided with his opposite number and injured his ankle after just 10 minutes, Briault joined the fray at right back, showing his speciality face high aerials off to good effect early on.
Andrew Kind and Scott Downie
looked to screen the back four, knowing a Cambridge side sitting 3rd in the table would be looking to attack at pace, and it was no surprise that Cambs enjoyed the lion's share of the possession throughout, forcing Ed Sarsby to make several early saves in the Bourne Deeping goal. In retaliation, Ollie Browne smashed a short corner just above the backboard, but it was Cambs who were calling the shots and when Sarsby could only parry, the ball deflected off Brewer straight to a Cambs forward who made no mistake from close in.
Good movement from the Cambs forwards lead to a 2nd before halftime with Bourne Deepings defenders struggling against the constant rotations of the 14 man Cambs squad, and though they enjoyed better possession in the second half and kept the Cambs 'keeper honest with a number of strikes on goal, they just could not convert. Cambs meanwhile were content to counter attack, and poor marking allowed the 3rd to sneak by Sarsby, with the 4th following a turnover in the midfield with Cambs attacking with speed once more.
Four -nil a fair result though perhaps the dragons will feel their hard work and the attacking flair of their youngsters deserved a goal or 2 reward. A trek to Norwich for a basement battle with Norwich City beckons for next week as the Div 2 adventure continues....
MOTM: Ben Brittain - Silky skills from the youngster.