With 12 of Bedford Hockey Club’s 15 senior sides in action, plus the Ladies Over 45’s, mixed hockey side and the Under 8’s and Under 10’s, the past weekend was a busy one at Chester Road.
As ever, the Ladies and Men’s 1st XI’s topped the bill with both teams continuing their fine form of late with two impressive victories.
The Ladies have finally knocked St Albans off second spot in the National League with a 3-1 victory over Oxford University, and sees Sutton Coldfield the only team above them in the division.
The Men faced off against Cambridge University and were also victors; their 2-1 victory elevating them to 5th in the Men’s Conference Midlands Division One.
The Ladies 1st XI host Broxbourne next weekend while the Men head into a winter break that sees them return to league action in February.
Across the rest of the Men’s divisions, the 2nd XI squeezed past Chelmsford by a single goal, the 3rd XI pulled back to draw 2-2 at Bluehearts 3rd XI, while the 4th XI secured a 2-0 victory at the same opposition.
The Men’s 5th XI have struggled this season after ending up in Division Four following a league restructure, their latest defeat a 6-0 home loss to Stevenage.
The 6th XI managed to salvage a last gasp 2-2 draw with Harpenden following a converted penalty corner.
The Men’s Veterans meanwhile suffered a shock 1-0 loss at Bishops Stortford and will hope to regain top spot next week as they host Shefford and Sandy.
The Ladies’ 2nd XI game at Chelmsford was cancelled, but the 3rd XI romped home to a 3-0 victory against Saffron Walden’s first team to regain top spot over Stevenage in Division Two South West.
The 4th XI lost 4-1 at a very strong St Albans side, but the 5th XI face the opposite situation to their male counterparts, placed in a league that they should dominate.
Their 4-1 victory at Bishops Stortford takes their goal tally up to 45 but Chiltern 1st XI have two games in hand on them in Division Five South West.
The Ladies 6th XI – in the same division as the 5th’s – fell 3-0 to Letchworth but are holding their own in a strong division.
Elsewhere, the Ladies Over 45’s are through to the next round of the England Hockey Championships as they comfortably saw off Peterborough with a 3-0 victory.
Bedford’s Mixed Hockey squad were also victors in their first round tie, winning 3-2 at Blueharts thanks in large to some key saves from the Bedford keeper.
The future of the club also looks bright, with the Under 8’s securing gold medals in their tournament in Leighton Buzzard, while the Under 10’s also put in a valiant performance.