Bedford Hockey Club back in league action despite Storm Eunice

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Action from the Ladies 2nd XI (Image: Jean Fitch)

A free weekend for some of Bedford Hockey Club’s teams were a blessing in disguise this weekend as Storm Eunice ramped up a gear, leaving some games a challenge to complete.

However, both 1st XI’s were in action with the Ladies 2-2 at fourth-placed Beeston seeing them drop further behind the undefeated Sutton Coldfield at the top of the Midlands Conference.

Bedford remain in second place, after their closest challengers, St Albans could only muster a draw themselves.

The Men struggled against high-flying Barford Tigers and despite some key saves from goalkeeper, Kailum Mistry, Bedford were unable to contain the Tigers who ran out 6-2 victors.

With Saturday’s weather deteriorating fast, the Ladies 2nd XI took to the pitch against Basildon and secured a 3-0 win in the driving wind and rain but they remain behind league leaders, Havering.

The Men’s 2nd XI secured a fruitful 2-2 draw at Upminster and remain in 6th place in Division One South with more points on offer as they face lowly Havering this weekend.

The Ladies 3rd XI were in England Hockey Tier 3 action as they travelled to the University of Nottingham but suffered a nail-biting 5-4 penalty shoot-out loss that sees their participation in the tournament end.

Other games saw disappointing losses for the Men’s 4th XI and the Men’s 6th XI who both lost to bottom of the table opposition, although the Ladies 7th XI did win 2-1 at Harpenden.

There was also a chance for the juniors to stake their claim; the Under 16 Girls fighting back for a hard-fought 4-2 win against Bishops Stortford.

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