Bedford 3-1 Letchworth ladies over 35 veterans
PUBLISHED: 10:19 21 November 2017 | UPDATED: 10:20 21 November 2017
Letchworth ladies hockey club veterans go down 3-1 to Bedford in the first round of the Masters Trophy.
Letchworth knew it was going to be a tough match and so it proved from the first whistle.
The side, welcoming younger players to the team in Jenny Cross and Loren Christian, were under pressure from the quick Bedford forwards for the off – even if they were able to raise their game and compete against a very good opposition.
Ros Blazejczyk, Jenny Cross and Charlotte Heaton-Keel were strong in midfield, linking up well with forwards Loren Christian, Tara Belcher, Babs Merrifield, Deborah Wren, Charlie Humber and Leonie Bannister who in turn challenged the Bedford defence.
The deadlock was broken midway through the first half after Letchworth were awarded a short corner. Loren Christian was able to react quickly from a slightly off target strike by Helen Hewlett to deflect the ball into the goal to go 1-0 up.
Great goalkeeping by player of the match Tracey Gateson and some last gasp tackles by Noleen Pond made sure the score remained 1-0 at half time.
However, Bedford came out strong after the interval and it was not long before their determination paid off and they equalised from a short corner tapped in by the left post.
Letchworth continued to work hard but now started to tire, and it was not long until Bedford scored a second goal which was deflected off a Letchworth players leg and then shortly before full time Bedford converted a very well worked short corner to make it 3-1.
This weekend sees more Masters hockey at Whitethorn Lane as the Ladies over 45’s entertain Bishops Stortford at 12.30pm with the mens over 40’s play Luton at 2pm.