After what appeared to be a long winter Christmas break, the Bedford Hockey Club returned to action last weekend with a mix of indoor and outdoor action.
The men’s and women’s indoor teams were in the first round of the British Super Sixes Hockey Championship, where both teams got off to a strong start.
The competition was making a welcome return after two years at the David Ross Sports Center in Nottingham following the blanket cancellation of last year’s event due to the pandemic.
Both teams were in the second division of their respective leagues, with the men claiming a division victory with four out of five pool wins.
The victories against Ipswich, Deeside, Cambridge City and Harleston were enough to give the victory to the Men; their only loss to Belper, second.
Charlie Axford was the star of the men’s show, scoring 18 of Bedford’s 36 goals during the day as they advanced to the next round.
The women found life a little harder in their division; finishing third after a final victory against the last Cannock, but still qualifies for the next round.
They are joined by Beeston who won the division, with Stourport ahead of Bedford while York City and Cannock are missing in a hotly contested league.
The next round of the competition takes place
Many away teams return to league action next week and have played in local friendlies, but the Men’s 3rd XI and Women’s 6th XI had an early comeback.
The Men’s 3rd XI suffered a 2-0 home defeat to Letchworth while the Women’s 6th XI lost to Hertford.