Tale of two halves
Undone in second period
An under powered Bourne Deeping mens 3rd team set out to continue the resilience portrayed in Cambridge the prior week with an away fixture against a Kettering 2nd team sitting nearby in mid-table. After almost having to forfeit the game for a kit clash the first half got under way with Bourne Deeping in training bibs and a multitude of sock colours. An early lead was established against the run of play as Simon Goode swept the ball in from close distance, this being the first foray into the opposition 'D'. Having had several short corners and the bulk of the play Kettering took a 2-1 lead during the half despite good work at the back from Mowbray, Watts and Jabba. A break just before the half time whistle saw Gregson and Arnold combine in the middle with Arnold sliding a ball through to Goode who set up Connor Gosnall for his first goal for the team. What at time to score.
The first part of the second half was relatively even, but Kettering still held the upper hand. This ended up being telling. Eoin Briggs showed off some of his finest hockey of the season to date with some classic right back play culminating in strings of passes and attacks into the opposition red zone, more than ably supported by Fergal Powell, Bourne Deeping couldn't find the back of the net despite several good efforts. Kettering didn't have this problem. With a mix of one or two good goals and lots of errors from a tiring side, the home team bagged 6 in the second period. The battle to stay middle of the ladder continues with another tough game against Spalding next week.