Mens 1st XI Dominate Local Rivals!

Old Bordenian 1st X1 4 – 2 Gore Court 1st XI

The clash of the Swale titans is one that has been much anticipated over the past few years. Old Bordenians created some excellent chances in the first half but failed to put themselves in the lead until midway through the half when a well worked penalty corner routine was stopped on the line with a foot, resulting in penalty stroke that player coach Jason Waitt converted. Gore Court worked themselves more into the game as the end of the half neared and scored two goals to take the lead with three minute to go till half-time. Bordenians stepped up the intensity and a swift team move down the right, with Richard Cooper sending in an inviting cross for Michael Neame to coolly deflect home to equalise.

 

The second half began much like the first with Bordenians taking the control early on and creating chances, Cooper again influencing the game with a long corner pass to Waitt who spun his marker and fired a reverse stick shot home from the top of the D for his second of the match: 3-2 to Old Boys. Following a break down in a Gore Court attack, Old Boys countered setting up a brilliant passing move with Alex Campbell’s deft reverse stick pass setting up Paul Stone to slot home the fourth. At 4-2, Bordenians lost Mike Willis for a mistimed tackle and Gore Court looked to get themselves back into the game with some good moves, but to no avail. The Bordenian defence held firm with the fearless Matt Hopkins putting in some crucial tackles and not allowing Gore Court to take advantage of the one player advantage. As soon as Old boys were back up to eleven men, Gore Court suffered a yellow of their own when one of their players was binned for persistent breaking down of play. The game finished 4-2, a well fought battle by both teams with Old Bordenians maintaining their equal top of the table position and growing in confidence. Next Saturday, Bordenians have a tough game at Marden Russets.

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