You win some, you lose some. That was the case last weekend for Bedford Hockey Club.
It was the Men’s 2s battle against East London that stood out. The fast-paced and furious game saw Bedford put in a thrilling performance to come away with a 2-1 victory.
Despite the Men’s 3s taking an early lead, with a goal within the opening minutes of the match, and levelling the score at 2-2, after Luton Town had moved ahead, Luton’s speed on the break, ultimately, overpowered Bedford. Final score, 2-4 to Luton Town.
It was start as you mean to go on for the Men’s 5s, with the first goal coming soon after push back, quickly followed by a second, a third, a fourth and a fifth. Having established such a substantial lead, Bedford eased off a little on St Albans in the second half. Final tally, 6-1 to Bedford.
The Ladies’ 4s game, against Letchworth, could have gone either way, with end-to-end play and both team’s keepers called into action. It was Bedford’s Molly Hawkins, however, who clinched the winning goal. 1-0 to Bedford.
Not from any lack of grit and determination, the Men’s 6s failed to put the ball in the net. Their Letchworth opposition, meanwhile, bagged a pair to take the game.
Away games, also, saw mixed outcomes. The Men’s 1s, travelling away to Letchworth, returned home triumphant after a substantial 5-1 victory.
The Ladies’ 1s, away to Harleston Magpies, sadly, couldn’t build on their successes of last weekend, as they went 4-1 down to Harleston. Their spirits were boosted on Sunday, however, when a combined 1s and 2s squad had the pleasure of hosting World Champions, the England Ladies’ Over 35s. The England Over 35s, including Bedford Hockey Club’s Yvette van Yperen, took Gold medal in the Masters’ World Cup last summer in Barcelona. The Bedford team put on a great display and were unlucky to finish a goal behind the England squad. England taking the game 4-3, but Bedford leaving the pitch with their heads held high.
The Men’s Vets only managed a consolation goal, in their 9-1 loss to a dominant St Albans, but hope to bounce back next weekend, when they travel down the road to take on Luton Town.
The remaining two away games, the Men’s 4s and the Ladies’ 2s, leave both Bedford teams sitting comfortably in third position in their respective leagues, after the men took Berkhamsted 3-1 and the ladies gained an incredible 4-0 domination over top of the table Dereham. Bedford’s victory over Dereham holds even greater credit as, up until this point, Dereham were undefeated in all this season’s games.
Words: Jean Fitch