Bedford’s #WatchYourHockey event scuppered by late Covid postponement

Image: The Ladies' 2nd XI in action (Jean Fitch / Bedford Hockey Club)

After big plans for Bedford Hockey Club’s #Watchyour1s day on Saturday, events were scuppered by a last-minute postponement of the Ladies’ 1st’s match after the umpire tested positive for Covid.

The crowds still turned out though and were treated to some thrilling matches throughout the day, with the club’s 4th XI’s both taking on tough oppositions.

The Men were unfortunate to go a goal down to Hertford, eventually losing 3-2. The Ladies’ 4th’s did however manage to keep the pressure on Bishop’s Stortford, taking the win 2-1.

The next two Ladies’ matches were a goal scoring extravaganza; the Ladies’ 2nd’s hammering Southend 7-0, while the Ladies’ 5th XI dominated Saffron Walden with a 6-0 victory.

Both teams sit second in their tables, the 2nd’s just one point behind local rivals Letchworth and the 5th XI two points behind table-topping Chiltern.

The Men’s Veterans followed, with two very impressive goals to win 2-1 over St Albans, leaving the Vets undefeated in 4 matches and sitting top of the league.

The Ladies’ 7th XI started strongly against Potters Bar 2nd’s, opening the scoring but it was Potters Bar who then took control with three unanswered goals in a 3-1 victory.

In away matches, it was Letchworth who dominated the Men’s 5th XI match with a decisive 10-2 win, but there was good news from the Men’s 6th XI who beat Welwyn 5-0.

The Ladies’ 6th’s defeated West Herts 2-1 and the Men’s 3rd’ss won 2-0 at Welwyn. The Men’s 7th’s went 5-0 down to Hertford.

The Ladies’ 3s stay top of their division after a 4-2 victory at Broxbourne, and the Men’s 2nd’s held their own with a 2-2 draw against Old Loughtonians.

The Men’s 1st’s Sunday fixture left them disappointed, falling 3-2 to Loughborough Town.

They will be looking to turn their fortune back around next Sunday when they host their #watchyour1s match at Chester Road against Khalsa.

The Ladies’ Over 45s also took to the field on Sunday, starting their England Hockey Championship Cup play-offs against a very strong and skilful Bishop’s Stortford side.

The subsequent Bedford loss now means their campaign can continue in the Plate, giving them a strong chance of continuing onto the finals, as they did last year.

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