Decisive victory for Bedford Hockey Club ladies, men play out a thrilling draw
By Jean Fitch
There was a great display of skill at Bedford Hockey Club to mark the #watchyour1s campaign - aimed at promoting grass-roots hockey.
Fabulous entertainment was provided by both the ladies’ and men’s squads across the weekend to delight the gathered crowds.
Even with a game in hand, after last week’s postponed match, the ladies’ firsts still sit third in the table following a decisive 3-1 victory over Loughborough Students.
They will be travelling away to Cannock on Saturday, looking to continue with their winning streak and hoping to knock St Albans off second spot.
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Meanwhile, England Hockey’s match roundup, reporting on the Conference Midlands games, wrote of the men’s firsts’ match: “Bedford and Khalsa Leamington contested the most entertaining game of the weekend as they drew 4-4.”
Bedford had fallen 2-0 down in the first half of the match when, within a thrilling five-minute spell, the Bedford team turned the score line around to 3-2 up, with goals from Appleton, Martin and Whitehall.
The lead was short-lived, however, with Khalsa pulling level again four minutes later from a penalty flick.
The final quarter saw chances at both ends to take the match, but it was Khalsa who went into the lead once more with a 60th-minute goal.
With the clock ticking down, it looked like Khalsa would walk away the victors from the hotly contested spectacle when Bedford were awarded a penalty corner in the dying seconds, the conversion by Whitehall clinching the draw.
In other matches, the ladies’ seconds had a busy weekend, travelling away to St Albans on Saturday and hosting Brentwood on Sunday.
The team didn’t let their heads go down after losing 5-2 to St Albans, picking themselves up to take a 2-1 victory against Brentwood the following day.
The ladies’ thirds beat Shefford & Sandy 1-0 and the fourths left Saffron Walden with a 5-1 The fifths won 4-2 at Hertford and the sixths drew 1-1 with St Albans Boadiceas.
The men’s seconds drew 3-3 with Havering, the fourths won 4-1 against Luton Town and the fourths drew 3-3 at Potters Bar.
The fifths drew 1-1 at home to Luton Town and the sixths lost 8-0 to Southgate Adelaide.
The men’s vets drew 1-1 at Welwyn Garden City.