After a successful opening weekend at the indoor Super Six event, Bedford Hockey Club’s progress was stopped harshly in its tracks due to a raft of injuries.
Ranging from a broken finger to a split eyelid, the injuries mounted up to such a degree that both the Men’s and Women’s teams have had to withdraw from the finals.
With the turn of the year came the resumption of the outdoor leagues; but a lot of games have fallen victim to the cold weather, with a lot of Bedford’s fixtures called off.
The Men’s calendar was mostly fulfilled, although Bedford may have hoped it wasn’t as they fell to a range of victories across the divisions.
The Men’s 2nd XI lost 5-2 at Bishops Stortford and now sit fifth in East Men’s Division One South, eight points behind fourth placed Upminster.
The 4th XI also travelled to Bishops Stortford and were also on the wrong end of a 4-2 scoreline to fall ten points behind their opponents, albeit with two games in hand.
The 5th XI made it a hat-trick of Bishops Stortford defeats, losing 5-1 while the Men’s Vets capped off a dismal weekend for the Men’s division with a 2-1 defeat against Blueharts.
The Men’s 3rd XI fixture at St Albans was one of many to fall foul of the cold.
The Ladies fared far better as they secured an undefeated weekend; the 3rd XI keeping pace with Hertford and Stevenage in Division Two South West with a tight 3-2 victory at Bishop’s Stortford.
A 2-2 draw for the 4th XI helped neither Bedford or their opponents Stevenage as they both hunt down St Albans at the top of Division Three as the league leaders’ 6-0 win opened up an eight point gap.
Heidi Lawson (photo) began what turned into a stellar weekend for the all-round sportswomen as she lead her 5th XI to a 2-0 win against Chiltern as they continue to lead Division Five.
The result of the weekend however came from the Ladies 6th XI; the young side thrashing Rickmansworth 6-0 to edge closer to the chasing pack in the same division.
There was also action in the youth section; the Under 14 Girls securing a win over Harpenden to make it two from two for 2022 after victory against St Albans last weekend.