Masters Hockey take centre stage with huge win over local rivals

The Men's 3rd XI in action (Image: Bedford Hockey Club / Jean Fitch)

With the Conference taking a well-earned winter break, the Men’s and Ladies’ 1st XI’s were not in hockey action this weekend, but there were still twelve club games and two Masters games taking place on the Chester Road pitches.

Therefore, the 2nd XI topped the bill with the Ladies thumping Thurrock 8-1 away from home to get within a point of table-topping Havering in Division One South.

The Men managed to force a 2-2 away draw against second-placed St Albans and sit fifth in the Men’s Division One South division.

The Ladies will hope to continue their ferocious run of goal scoring as they travel to bottom of the table, Waltham Forest this coming weekend while the men head to Potters Bar.

The Ladies 3rd XI have struggled with a host of injuries in recent times, and fell again at the weekend, going 2-1 down to Welwyn. They still sit in third in Division Two South West, trailing Stevenage and Hertford.

The Men’s 3rd XI were involved in a hard fought 1-1 draw against Harpenden, remaining fourth in their division.

The Ladies 4th XI let St Albans extend their lead at the top of Division Three South West with a disappointing 1-1 draw at Cheshunt.

However, the Men’s 4th XI kept pace with the top two after a 5-0 demolition of Harpenden and with a game in hand, they will look to close the gap on Hertford 2nd’s.

The Ladies 5th XI continue to dominate Division Five; this time with a 6-1 away victory in Letchworth, but their male counterparts fell 3-1 to Southgate.

The 6th XI – in the same division as the 5th’s – lost 2-1 against Stevenage, while the 7th XI came away with an impressive 1-1 draw at Berkhamsted and Hemel; with many players playing their first ever game.

The Men’s 7th XI and the Vets both came away with defeats at Southgate.

Sunday brought the next round of the Women’s Masters Over 35’s and after a 13-0 first round win, not many would have expected a repeat.

However, the team went one better, thrashing Shefford and Sandy 14-0 to easily make it through to the next round. 

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