Bedford ladies defeated despite an impressive display against Dons

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Bedford remain in the relegation play-off place in the Investec East Conference women’s hockey league after a bitterly disappointing 2-1 defeat against Wimbledon.

It was a game in which Bedford were left wondering how they didn’t pick up any points; they dominated the possession statistics and put their opponents under constant pressure.

But as is always the case at national league level, it’s the score line solely that counts at the end of the game.

The Maroons named just one change to the squad that had secured wins against both Chelmsford and St Albans in previous weeks, with Kate Axford joining the Bedford ranks to add her pace to proceedings.

Bedford started the match with energy and endeavour, pressing their opponents hard from the first whistle.

At every opportunity they won the ball back from Wimbledon and attacked the circle, with Yvette Van Yperen hitting a short corner narrowly wide in the opening minutes.

Bedford saw a lot of the ball but were dealt a warning shot when Wimbledon’s first break saw them hit the side netting.

Bedford were camped in their opponent’s half but the Wombles offered pace and great skill on the counter-attack.

From their next attack they won a short corner which was well-rehearsed and deflected over Leanne Sargeant in the Bedford goal.

Bedford kept the ball and retained possession well without being able to carve out any clear cut chances on goal.

Cruelly for the home side, they found themselves another goal behind with another quick break from Wimbledon which was well taken at the back post.

Again Bedford pressed their opponents and thought they had a goal back when Van Yperen’s strike was blocked by a Dons body, before Andrea Mason tapped home the rebound.

However the umpire didn’t play the advantage and brought it back for the PC which was crashed wide as Bedford finished the game empty-handed.