Despite decisive wins over the past two weekends, the Men’s 1st team knew their contest against Cambridge City was always going to be challenging, and so it proved to be, the Bedford team going 1-5 down.
They next face Bromley & Beckenham on the 10 November and will aim to fight back from what was a tough defeat.
On home turf, the Men’s 2nd team fought hard against their opponents, but it was Bishops Stortford who took the win by 2 goals to nil.
The Men’s 3rd and 5th teams both travelled away to take on Luton Town. The 3rd team match was high scoring, but it was the Luton team who took the victory by a single goal, the 3-4 win going to Luton Town’s 1st team.
The 5th team meanwhile, returned home celebrating a win over Luton’s 3rd side. Bedford’s 3-0 triumph holds them in their top of the table position.
After a great opening to their match, with two early goals, the Men’s 4ths seemed to lose their focus, allowing Hertford to pull level, and then take control on the attack, ultimately resulting in a 3-6 loss for the Bedford side.
The Men’s Vets, meanwhile, were pleased to take a solid 2-all draw against higher in the table Potters Bar 4ths.
The weather was truly, horrible by the time the Men’s 6th side stepped on pitch for their match against Berkhamsted. The cold and rain did nothing to put out their fire, however, a glorious 7-1 victory resulting.
On the Ladies’ side of the Club, there was success for four of six senior teams in action.
The Ladies’ 1sts Sunday fixture allowed them to play in considerably better weather than that encountered by all those teams playing on Saturday.
Goals from a penalty corner and a flick gave them a well-worked 2-0 win over Horsham, and saw them move up the table to fourth position. Their next fixture is away to top of the Table Wimbledon on 9th November.
An away game for the Ladies’ 2nd team in Upminster, taking on Upminster’s 1st team, brought a much-needed confidence booster to the Bedford side, returning home with a 3-1 victory under their belt.
The Ladies’ 3rds however, will be disappointed with their 1-2 loss away to Royston’s 1st team.
After back-to-back promotions over the past three seasons, the Ladies’ 4ths have been struggling to find their feet. It was great therefore to see them take a 1-0 victory over St Albans
Despite playing most of the first half with 10 players, and with several of the team carrying injuries, the Ladies 5th team, taking on the St Albans Bodeceas, were unlucky not to force a draw against their very experienced opposition. Final score, 2-1 to St Albans.
Lastly, the Ladies’ 6th team, away to Berkhamsted Hemel 3rds, will be delighted with their 4-0 triumph, moving them a notch up the table.
Bedford Hockey Club is also fortunate to have a thriving Junior section, supported by an amazing team of coaches and parents.
The Sunday sunshine made for a perfect morning for Junior Coaching of the Under 8’s, 10’s and 12’s, whilst Sunday afternoon saw the Under 14 Girls take on Bishops Stortford in a Cup match.
The Bedford team, which included one Under 12’s player stepping up due to half-term non-availability of some girls, may have lost by 2 goals to nil, but they put on a great show of their emerging talent.
The morning was also ideal for a spot of the highly inclusive Walking Hockey which has proved incredibly popular at the Club.
The final match of the day, as the sun went down, saw the Ladies’ Over 45’s take on Southgate in a friendly.
An injury soon after the start of the match left the Bedford team battling on with just 10 players.
Despite being a player down, the match was evenly balanced, both sides having scoring opportunities but both keeping a clean sheet, 0-0 the outcome.
Words and image: Jean Fitch