Bedford Ladies were beaten 2-1 by Luton Ladies at Kenilworth Road in their first game of the newly formed FAWPL.
In the first half, in particular, Bedford did enough to take something from the game.
They passed the ball well and the space Eden Washington created gave Becca Vass, Tash Fensome, Maisie Wyatt and Chloe Scott a canvas on which to play some very positive football.
The Luton keeper made two excellent saves when Washington was through on goal and the Bedford forward followed with another good attempt which went just past the post.
Luton scored first from a set piece following a poorly defended corner which gave Zara Caroll the opportunity to put the ball in the net.
But Bedford struck back when Suzie Darby headed the ball against the post and gave Chloe Scott the chance to net the equaliser with the rebound.
In the second half Luton’s goalie made a simply breathtaking save to keep the score at 1-1.
And it was the hosts who won the match when ball bounced towards Luton’s striker and she inevitably found the net.
Bedford fought back as Wyatt worked endlessly only to see her header go wide and Fensome also went wide as her shot on goal was deflected.
Elsewhere, the Bedford Ladies U18s came flying out of the traps in their game against Hampton U18s.
After a surprising goal against the run of play, Bedford scored four goals – three of them coming from Charlie King and the fourth bagged by Cyeanne Eaton.
At the half-time whistle Bedford led 4-2, and they didn’t lay off the pace in the second half.
The added another two goals in the first 10 minutes, both coming from the very capable Chelsea Hunter.
Bedford conceded another goal but dug in well after that for a sustained period where their defence was bombarded.
They dealt with the attack very convincingly and the match ended on the front foot for Bedford with a final score of 7-4.
Special mention goes to Grace Lavelle for playing in goal, in place of the regular keeper who was unavailable through illness,