After what felt like a long extended Christmas winter break, Bedford Hockey Club returned to action last weekend with a mixture of indoor and outdoor action.
Both the Men’s and Women’s indoor squads were competing in the first round of the England Hockey Super Sixes Championship, where both sides got off to a flying start.
The competition was making a welcome return after two years at the David Ross Sports Centre in Nottingham following the blanket cancellation of last year’s event due to the pandemic.
Both sides were competing in Division Two of their respective leagues, with the Men storming home to a divisional victory thanks to four pool wins out of five.
Victories against Ipswich, Deeside, Cambridge City and Harleston were enough to give the Men victory; their sole defeat coming against second-placed Belper.
Charlie Axford was the star of the show for the Men, scoring 18 of Bedford’s 36 goals across the day as they sailed through to the next round.
The Women found life a touch tougher in their division; ending up third after a last gasp victory against last-placed Cannock but do still qualify for the next round.
They are joined by Beeston who won the division, with Stourport ahead of Bedford while the City of York and Cannock miss out in a closely fought league.
The next round of the competition takes place
A lot of the outdoor squads return to league action next week and competed in local friendlies, but the Men’s 3rd XI and the Ladies 6th XI had an early return.
The Men’s 3rd XI suffered a 2-0 loss at home to Letchworth while the Ladies 6th XI lost to Hertford.