Bedford Hockey Club complete clean sweep as league season hots up

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The Men's 2nd XI in action (Image: Jean Fitch)

Bedford Hockey Club enjoyed another top weekend, with the top four teams in both the Men’s and Women’s division claiming priceless wins across another catalogue of fixtures.

The Men’s 1st XI would have been frustrated to have clutched a draw from the jaws of victory as they hosted Harleston Magpies, leading three times before eventually ending up with a 3-3 draw.

Bedford opened the scoring via a penalty corner after just eight minutes and held the lead for the majority of the first half before Harleston equalised on the half-time whistle.

Shortly into the third quarter, Bedford retook the lead only to have it snatched away from them four minutes later; with Harleston repeating the trick later to secure a hard fought draw.

The Ladies 1st XI continue their fine form with a fifth straight victory with a comeback victory against Cannock, clawing back from a goal down to win 2-1.

The Ladies sit in third, one point behind St Albans with a game in hand and host Oxford University this Saturday whilst the Men travel to Cambridge.

There were also a pair of victories for the 2nd XI’s; the men thrashing Shefford and Sandy 6-1 whilst the Ladies game was a tighter affair, with Bedford taking home a 1-0 win against Blueharts.

The pattern was repeated in the 3rd XI’s, with both the Men and Women sitting top of their respective divisions after the Men beat Letchworth 4-0, and the Ladies beat St Albans 2-1.

Not to be outdone, the 4th XI made it a quadruple with victories of their own; the Ladies beating Royston 2-1 and the Men securing a comfortable 2-0 win over Southgate Adelaide.

On Sunday, the Ladies Masters Over 35’s team set out on their defence of the England Hockey Cup title with a statement 13-0 win over Milton Keynes in the first round.

The rest of the clubs teams received walkover victories with oppositions unable to field sides.

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