Freezing weather hampers Bedford hockey progress

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With falling temperatures resulting in the Chester Road pitches being frozen, all home fixtures had to be cancelled on Saturday. Three away fixtures did however manage to survive.

The Ladies’ 1st team travelled away to Horsham and continued their unbeaten run, with a 2-all draw.

This coming Saturday, weather permitting, sees a home match for the Bedford team, starting at 3pm against Chelmsford.

Bedford will be hoping to take the win to bring them additional points and maintain their position at the upper end of the table.

The Ladies’ 7th’s also secured a draw down the road at Sandy, who were enjoying almost tropical conditions allowing their match against Shefford and Sandy to take place; with that game ending 3-3.

The only men’s match to survive Saturday’s weather was the Men’s 3rds, the team travelling to take on Harpenden 2nd’s. Bedford’s 2-1 win puts them in second place on the table.

With an overnight thaw, it was game on for the Men’s 1st’s on Sunday, as they took on Spencer Men’s 1st XI.

It was Spenser who opened the scoring but Bedford soon equalised, with the teams appearing evenly matched throughout the first quarter.

After Spenser pulled ahead with a second goal however, they seemed to switch up a gear and Bedford allowed them to make several unchallenged breaks.

Despite some great keeping by Dylan Watson, the final score ended 2-6 to Spenser.

Next Sunday, the men will travel away to take on Old Loughtonians and will be looking to get back to winning ways.

Sunday was also an opportunity for two of the Club’s junior squads to demonstrate their prowess, with the Boy’s Under 14 and Under 16 teams playing.

The Under 14’s should be incredibly proud of their performance against Lindum. The 1-2 scoreline to Lindum was remarkable considering Bedford, due to several regular players being unavailable, were playing with just 9 men.

The Under 16’s meanwhile put on a very impressive performance in their game against City of Peterborough, taking the match by 3 goals to 1.

Words by Jean Fitch

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