Bedford hockey ladies land Over 35’s Investec Masters title

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Keeper Kerri Surman with the Investec Masters Trophy

The Ladies Over 35’s landed the much-coveted Tier 2 Investec Masters Title at the weekend with a 3-1 victory against Timperley from Greater Manchester.

Despite a nervous start, where Timperley took a 5th minute lead via a penalty corner, Bedford hit back almost immediately with a penalty corner of their own; both teams on the scoreboard after a mere eight minutes.

It was Katherine Winger who converted the chance, cancelling out their opponents early opener with a swift and confident move.

Bedford however were put under pressure time and time again by their impressive opponents, Timperley denied by keeper Kerri Sturman on three separate occasions.

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Image: Kelly Bingham and Kate Costin launch another Bedford attack

Bedford took the lead for the first time in the match, Kate Costin snapping up a chance presented to her by Andrea Mason, giving Bedford a 2-1 half-time lead.

It was nip and tuck for the majority of the second half, neither team able to penetrate the other’s defence, however, with four minutes left, Bedford took a huge stride towards the title with their third goal.

Costin and Kelly Bingham broke away as Timperley pushed forward in search for an equaliser, with Bingham squaring the ball to Costin for her second goal, and an unassailable 3-1 lead.

The victory seals a successful season for the side, but focus turns to the new campaign with fixtures coming thick and fast for the club with winter approaching.

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