The Bedford Hockey Club first XI travelled to Northampton Saints on Saturday for their first pre-season friendly of the new season.
Bedford the game started slowly as expected, with players getting used to the system and having to fit into positions they were less accustomed to.
Despite this, they should have found themselves 1-0 to the good early on – however it was Saints who launched a counter-attack to create a well worked opening goal.
This kicked Bedford into gear and they were soon level. Some patient build-up play led to Lee Hoggett unleashing an unstoppable strike on his reverse against the Saints keeper.
Bedford went into the end of the first third 2-1 to the good after Rich Evans was the first to react to the ball rebounding back off the post from an Alex Drummond strike from the top of the circle.
They went into the second third wanting to assert their dominance on the game, and they quickly did just that.
Hogget broke away down the left and rifled in a cross that the Saints keeper could only manage to kick into his own defender’s chest, resulting in a penalty corner for Bedford.
Drummond duly stepped up and dispatched a drag flick with deadly accuracy into the net.
Bedford’s fourth goal of the game was perhaps their best worked. Paul Henwood stepped through from centre-back before offloading the ball to Drummond who found Evans at the back post for his second goal of the game.
This put Bedford in complete control of the game which subsequently left them disappointed when they conceded a soft penalty corner and a second Saints goal when they failed to clear the ball.
Bedford went into the final third looking to kill the game and simply kept the ball for the first five minutes.
They then struggled to up the intensity again, perhaps due to a lack of legs in the first game back, but they still managed to keep Northampton out and preserved their 4-2 lead.