Hockey: Walden slip to defeat at Bourne Deeping

PUBLISHED: 22:53 08 October 2013 | UPDATED: 22:53 08 October 2013

Matt Wells

Matt Wells

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Poor finishing cost Walden dear as the team dropped points for the second successive week.

They created numerous chances but could not find the cutting edge to see off newly-promoted Bourne Deeping.

It was much the same as in last week’s 3-3 draw with Colchester, a game in which thye dominated but could not take maximum points. Skipper Matt Wells, who scored Walden’s consolation via a short corner – after the Bourne had taken a 3-0 lead – was disappointed.

He said: “We had all the possession but could not take our chances, much like last week. A couple hit the post, one hit the crossbar and we had a few go over.

“The good things we are creating lots of chances. We just need to start taking a few.”

Walden have now picked up four points from the opening three games, and sit sixth place in the table.

Promotion remains the aim and, although it’s early days in the new season, Wells is confident the team will be “there or thereabouts” come the end of the campaign.

“We’re a young, skilful team but nobody will give us anything. Alot of teams will set out their stall and make things difficult. Some of the younger players need to learn it is not just about ability, but about mental strength as well,” he said.

“Ideally we would have liked a better start but it is early in the season and it’s best to iron out these issues now, rather than later on. I’m keen to turn the negatives into positives and I’m confident we can get promotion.”

Walden face a tough home fixture against St Ives on Saturday, 1.30pm start.

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