A competitive friendly against Leicester for Bedford Hockey Club last weekend

Bedford Hockey Club Ladies' 2s Players' Player - Katherine Winger
Ladies' 2s Players' Player - Katherine Winger

Bedford Ladies’ 1s were due to play in the National League restart this weekend, but let’s take a look at their competitive friendly against Leicester this time last week.

Despite going behind to a goal from a penalty corner inside the first minute, Bedford grew into the contest.

In the second half, Bedford levelled the match after a fine pass into the circle by Players’ Player, Kira Wooltorton, was converted by Steph Holyoak at the back post.

Despite pushing for the winner and creating opportunities, it was Leicester who broke down to the other end to win a competitive and useful friendly 2-1. Lots of youngsters stepping up well into the first team group.

The Ladies’ 2s faced Cambridge Uni 2s and immediately seized control after a great cut back from Ellie Scott saw Connie Mason fire home.

Bedford were looking threatening and extended their lead after a fine driven shot from Yvette van Yperen gave the keeper no chance.

Connie Mason made it a brace just before half time and it was, overall, a fabulous first half performance.

The second half was much more measured and there were not as many circle entries but instead the focus was on defensive shape as Emily Allen sealed another clean sheet, whilst Katherine Winger was magnificent throughout and was a popular Players’ Player choice. Final score, 3-0.

The Ladies’ 3s were back to winning ways, away, against West Herts. 3-1 the score.

The Ladies’ 4s won a cat and mouse game at home to Saffron Walden. Cerys Peppiatt gave the maroons the lead in an otherwise uneventful first half.

The second 35 saw much more action. Bedford extended their lead thanks to a Grace Brady brace.

Saffron Waldon managed to pull 2 goals back, but Bedford held on to move up to 6th in the table. 3-2 to Bedford.

The Ladies’ 5s had a great 3-1 win away against St Albans thanks to goals from Amy Lewis, Alexis Broadway and Abi Saunders, a result which moves them up to second in the league, and into promotion places.

There was defeat for the Ladies’ 6s at home to Berkhamsted & Hemel, but the Ladies’ 7s had a great 8-0 win, where keeper turned star striker, Mia Dunkley, was Players’ Player.

There was success for many of the men’s sides, too, with wins for the Men’s 4s, 5s, Vets and 6s and a draw for the Men’s 1s.

Bedford Hockey Club are, also, very proud of two of the Club’s youngsters, Meg Sclaggett and Chloe Pigram, who played their first match of the year for Hockey-4-Heroes v Exeter at the weekend.

Words: Kate Costin

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