A cool 14 teams turn out for Bedford Hockey Club on bone-chilling weekend

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Image: Pippa Jones supplying the cross for Stephanie Holyoak to place the ball in the back of the net for the Ladies 1st's

The Ladies first team’s convincing 4-1 victory under floodlights against Broxbourne was the highlight of another good weekend of action in the bitterly cold weather of Chester Road.

The victory keeps the 1st team in a strong second place in the Conference Midlands behind Sutton Coldfield, with a winter break now kicking in with the team returning at the beginning of February.

The Ladies’ 2nd XI also continued their winning run with a tight 1-0 victory against Letchworth and also occupy second spot in their division ahead of their opponents.

The 3rd XI suffered a shock 1-0 defeat at third placed Hertford but also still sit in second spot, albeit with Stevenage overtaking them for top spot in Women’s Division Two South West.

The Ladies 4th XI match their three superior teams with a second place league standing following a thrilling 4-3 victory at Blueharts 3rd XI.

The 5th XI are the only Ladies team to sit atop their division and consolidated their strong position with a 5-0 thumping of St Albans Boadiceas.

However, the result of the day came from the 6th XI, sitting in lower mid table in the same division as the 5ths and came away with a 2-1 victory at Saffron Walden.

The Men’s 1st team have already begun their extended winter break but the 2nd XI were victors; 2-1 against Waltham Forest keeping them in fifth place in Division One South.

The 3rd XI matched their female counterparts with a shock defeat; a 5-1 loss at mid-table Royston leaving Bedford in third place, as Hertford and Harpenden leap frog them in Division Two South West.

The 4th XI marked a third victory in a row with a comfortable 3-0 win against Cheshunt, but the 5th XI fell 2-0 against the same opposition.

There were goals galore in the 6th’s and the Vets games however; as the 6th XI thrashed Shefford and Sandy 5-0 while the Vets came out on top in a 7-4 humdinger.

While the freezing conditions took hold later on in the weekend, the Under 16’s Girls did manage to face Cambridge with their game finishing 0-0.

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