It was yet another productive weekend for the majority of Bedford Hockey Club’s teams – with an accumulation of 34 goals scored across the Bedford sides.
The 14 games played by the senior sides, including games on both Saturday and Sunday for the Ladies’ 1s, saw a tally of seven wins and four draws.
In Saturday’s home matches, the Ladies’ 5s started off the day with a tough game against Bishops Stortford. Bedford initially went 1-0 up but were unable to hold the advantage, as a forceful Stortford side pulled a goal back for a 1-1 final score.
On the second pitch, it was a very different story as the Men’s 4s took a decisive 5-0 win over Broxbourne 4s. Meanwhile, the Men’s 3s, away to Broxbourne 2s, also succeeded in netting five goals. Unfortunately, they were matched by Broxbourne in their endeavour, the battle closing with a 5-all draw.
Not to be outdone by the men’s goal-scoring prowess, the Ladies 2s were next up to play at Chester Road. Not only did they match the men’s success, but went even further, with a seven-goal domination over the goalless Norwich Dragons.
The Men’s Veterans game was end-to-end action, the Veterans successfully holding Southgate to a 1-1 draw, ensuring the Vets remain in a comfortable position in their league table.
The Ladies’ 3s opened the scoring and put up a good fight against Tring’s 1st team. Tring, however, fought back and ended up taking the game from Bedford by a single goal, 2-3 to Tring being the upshot.
On the show pitch, the Men’s 1s took on West Herts, who sit alongside Bedford, mid-table. In a fast-paced game, Bedford finished victors with a 2-1 win.
Thanks to last weekend’s postponed match, due to frozen pitches, the Ladies’ 1s faced the challenge of back-to-back games on Saturday and Sunday.
A goal by Maddie Axford ensured Bedford held Sevenoaks to a 1-1 draw on Saturday. Maddie stepped up to the mark, again, on Sunday, this time bagging a pair to give a 2-0 victory over Ipswich.
In away games, the Ladies’ 5s gained a win over Stevenage, 1-0, although the Ladies’ 6s weren’t at their best against their Stevenage opposition, with a rather disappointing 5-0 defeat.
Second in the table, Men’s 2s, held their position with a 3-0 victory over Witham, whilst the Men’s 6s did well to defeat higher in the table Luton with a 2-1 win. The Men’s 5s were unlucky to go down by a goal in their match, 1-2 to Letchworth.
This coming Saturday, most of the ladies’ sides will be travelling away for their matches, the 4s being the only ones with a home game. On the men’s side of the Club, however, the 2s, 3s, 5s and 6s will all be on display at Chester Road.
On Sunday, the juniors will be in action, with Cup matches at the Club for the Under 14s Boys and both Boys and Girls Under 16s squads.
Words: Jean Fitch