1st teams suffer close defeats on wet and windy hockey weekend

Alex Wyper scored a hat-trick for the Women's 6th XI (Bedford Hockey Club)

The weather was a far cry from last weekend’s sweltering heat for this weekend’s 13 matches, with 7 home and 6 away fixtures being played in the wet and windy conditions.

Both the club’s 1st XIs were in action, the ladies travelling away to top of the table Sutton Coldfield and the men hosting Harbourne.

Despite a great performance, the ladies conceded a single late goal to leave Sutton Coldfield undefeated so far this season.

The Bedford team will have the home advantage this coming weekend when they take to the Chester Road pitch at 13.30 on Saturday against Beeston 2nd XI.

The Men’s 1st’s suffered a similar fate with an evening home fixture against Harborne, with a good crowd gathered to watch a highly entertaining match despite the weather.

It was Bedford who opened the scoring; Simba Chigwada diving to get on the end of a cross into the ‘D’ and slotting the ball passed the keeper.

Harborne’s controversial equaliser came from a penalty flick awarded after the third official had called time for the end of the first quarter but the umpire insisted his decision stood and the flick was played out.

The end-to-end action continued but it was Harborne who found the net, taking their lead to 3-1.

Bedford weren’t prepared to give up the fight and dug deep to level the scores, making it 3-3 in the final quarter, only for Harborne to steal the win in the closing moments of the match through a penalty corner.

In other matches, the Ladies 2nd XI completed a comprehensive 5-1 victory at Basildon, while the 3rd XI won an absorbing game 3-2 against Bishop’s Stortford.

The 4th XI lost at home to Stevenage, the 5th XI were also 5-1 victors against Chiltern’s 1st team while Alex Wyper scored a hat-trick in the 6th XI’s 4-0 win against Rickmansworth.

The Men’s 2nd XI and 5th XI’s both lost by a single goal against their Bishop’s Stortford equals, while the 3rd XI snatched a valuable 2-1 win in St Albans.

The 6th XI also beat St Albans 2-0 while the vets were also in action against Blueharts, winning their game 3-2.

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