A four-midable showing from the Bedford ladies

Ellie Rattu helped Saxon Tigers to victory at the Futures Cup
Ellie Rattu helped Saxon Tigers to victory at the Futures Cup

There were wins this Saturday for four out of the five Bedford ladies’ teams as the first XI closed the gap at the top of the East Prem to one point with a 3-0 victory against Tunbridge Wells.

The scoreline could have been more comprehensive but for some fine goalkeeping from the visitors’ keeper, as well as a lack of precision at times in the circle.

Leanne Sargeant and the Bedford defence have now kept clean sheets in their last four games, while SJ Darrington was named player of the match.

Result of the day undoubtedly came at Blueharts where the 2s won 3-2.

Bedford went ahead 1-0 and 3-1 with a double from Yvette Van Yperen and one from Becca Downing-Holmes, while at the other end Lucy Sellars saved from the spot.

The 3s, meanwhile, smashed six goals away against St Albans with star striker Alice Brady netting her second Bedford hat-trick – putting her at the top of the team’s goalscoring charts. The side move up to fifth in the Five Counties Prem.

The 4s put on a fine display but unfortunately went down 2-0, just lacking the goalscoring touch this weekend.

The same cant be said for the 5s who had a great 2-1 away win against Saffron Walden.

On Sunday both the U16s and U18s had away fixtures; The U18s went down 6-2 to Old Loughts and the U16’s 11-1 against Saffron Walden.

Despite the scorelines, both teams displayed a tremendous work ethic, with goals for the U18s scored by Pippa Jones and Jess Badgery. For the U16s, captain fantastic Tash Philimore netted from a corner.

Up against two very good sides, both teams mixed some fine attacking moves with very committed defence. The U18s now go into the plate competition and the U16s have one final match in their group, in February against St Neots.

The 035s had a walkover in their masters cup match so head straight into round three. Their next game is in a couple of weeks at home against St Albans.

Finally, congratulations to Ellie Rattu who was part of the Saxon Tigers winning squad at the Futures Cup last weekend. Ellie went on to be a goalscorer in the tournament and a key member of the winning side.