The weekend was one where Bedford Hockey Club members showed their respect for the sad loss of one of their hockey family. A minute’s silence was held in memory of Bryn Owen, who lost his fight against bone cancer just before Christmas.
Whilst Bryn had been a long-time member of Luton Hockey Club, he started to play for Bedford earlier this season, after he and his wife Maxine moved to the area. Even up until the end of October, Bryn continued to play the game he loved, being a regular in the Men’s 5th team squad.
Without doubt, Bryn would have been delighted with his team’s victory on Saturday, their 3-0 win over Broxbourne 4th’s sees Bedford 5th’s sitting comfortably in third spot in their division.
It was a very busy weekend of matches, with all except the Ladies’ 1st XI in action, and both the Men’s and Ladies’ 2nd’s having double-headers, each having a home and an away game. It was also a fairly rewarding weekend for the Club, with a tally of 3 wins and 7 draws across 13 league matches.
Along with the Men’s 5th’s, the other two wins of the weekend were all on home turf. Huge commitment and perseverance from the Men’s 3rd’s paid dividends in their match, against Broxbourne’s 2nd’s, holding the victory by 3 goals to 2. The outstanding result of the weekend meanwhile went to the Ladies’ 3rd’s who gained a fantastic 5-0 win over Haverhill’s 1st XI.
Home draws went to both the Ladies’ 5th’s and 6th’s, 2-2 against Bishops Stortford and 1-1 versus Saffron Walden respectively.
The Ladies’ 2nd’s were also in action on Saturday at Chester Road and were hugely disappointed to go 1-0 down to Wapping after end-to-end action and having held the scoreline to 0-0 throughout the first half of the match.
There was consolation for the Bedford team on Sunday however, when they headed to Dereham and succeeded in obtaining a 3-3 draw.
The other double-header of the weekend resulted in two 1-1 draws for the Men’s 2nd’s, away to Wisbech Town 1st’s on Saturday, followed by a match at home on Sunday against third in the table, Crostyx 1st XI. Whilst it was Crostyx who opened the scoring, Bedford continued to press, being rewarded with a solid draw.
The Men’s 6th’s and Ladies’ 4th’s, despite a number of recent wins, were unable to make any headway against their opponents, the men going 4-0 down to local rivals, Shefford & Sandy and the ladies having a long trip back from Bishops Stortford after their 3-0 defeat. Both will be looking to turn the tables in next week’s matches.
The two remaining draws of the weekend both came in away games, and both ended in 2-2 scorelines. The Men’s Vets returned from Hertford and the Men’s 4th’s from Broxbourne, both teams pleased with their day’s work.
The final spectator event of the weekend involved the Men’s 1st XI playing a fast and furious friendly against City of Peterborough. The game certainly gave both teams a good workout in their build-up to the restart of league matches in a few weeks’ time. The final result, a win, by a narrow 2-1 margin, for Peterborough.
Words by Jean Fitch & Tom Carr