Bedford men get the season off to a flying start

Lee Hoggett was on target for Bedford
Lee Hoggett was on target for Bedford

Bedford got their East Premier League A home campaign got off to a winning start as they beat Havering 3-1, thanks to goals from Simba Chigwada, Lee Hoggett and Richard McDonald.

Bedford started the game slowly for a second week in a row and were lucky not to be behind when Havering put the ball just wide inside the first five minutes.

Bedford had Dan Mason to thank for a man of the match performance as he helped keep the visitors at bay in the early stages.

However, it was Bedford who drew first blood with a well taken goal from Simba Chigwada, with the faintest of touches taking the ball past the advancing keeper.

It was Havering who again started the second half strongly and they were back on level terms when a fortuitous deflection found an unmarked forward at the far post who was able to put the ball into the net.

Bedford responded well, though, and showed character to reply with two goals of their own; one from Hoggett who tapped in a smart cross from Dan Mason which took the defenders and even the keeper by surprise, and one from MacDonald who got on the end of a short corner set piece.

This seemed to settle Bedford down, and they went on to dominate the half and secure the victory as Havering visibly tired.

Both teams were lucky not to be down to 10 men when David Appleton and one of the visiting players had a coming together which went unnoticed.

This brought about both captains being spoken to and resulted in what was a rather physical contest turning into a well-tempered game with both teams knowing the next bad tackle would result in the umpires having no choice but to go to their pockets.

Bedford finished the game strongly but knowing they will need to up their game in the coming weeks.

Bedford will be pleased to get this win under their belt and head to Ipswich looking to make it seven points out of nine and keep the unbeaten start to the season going.