Ten goal thriller for the hockey men as ladies stay top of the league

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Image: Bedford Hockey Club

Both 1st XI’s were in action last weekend in stormy conditions, with the ladies grinding out a 2-1 victory in the capital as the men hosted a thrilling 5-5 draw against Ipswich.

The ladies, who were facing East London, opened the scoring eight minutes in through Charlotte Drummond only for their opponents to hit back five minutes later.

The game was evenly poised for the majority of the time remaining, only for Bedford to steal a victory, with Beth Noble scoring from a penalty corner.

The men hosted Ipswich 1st XI at Chester Road, and despite taking the lead and conceding it once more, a fair yet bizarre game ended five goals apiece.

The Ladies’ 2nd XI matched their 1st XI counterparts in scoring a late winner at Chelmsford, with Steph Holyoak scoring the vital goal from open play.

The Ladies’ 3rd, 5th and 6th sides also came away with victories but the 4th XI fell foul to the inclement weather, leaving them unable to start their league campaign.

The Ladies 5th XI had an early start with a 9am kick off in Tring but their early start was rewarded with a 4-0 victory. The 6th XI also scored a dominant victory, scoring 7 goals against Hertford to go top of the league.

The men also had a successful weekend with victories for the 2nd, 3rd and 6th XI’s.

The 2nd’s travelled to Harpenden and secured a 4-0 victory, with the 3rd XI leaving it late to surge to a 3-2 against Bluehart 3rd’s, while a mixture of youth and experience also saw the 6th XI home to a 2-1 victory against St. Albans.

There was also a game for the Men’s vets, who faced Shefford & Sandy who came away with a 4-3 victory.

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