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Mens 1st XI - Match centre

St Albans 1
Bedford 1
Sat 14 Oct 15:00 - East Men's Hockey League - Prem A Full time

Men fall to first defeat

St Albans superior this time around, but Bedford vow to come back stronger

Bedford travelled to St Albans knowing something had to give, with both sides going in to the game with a 100% win record since the season had begun.
Bedford started well, with both Matt Chitty and Dave Appleton threatening down both flanks and terrorising the full backs, the Bedford midfield pressuring their opponents and winning balls in dangerous areas - St Albans were pinned in their own half, and a great stick save low to the keepers right from an Alex Drummond drag flick kept the score goalless, as St Albans fought hard to get a foothold in the game.
Slowly the home sides experience started to show, and they began to string together more and more attacking forays, but with the Bedford defence holding firm at the back St Albans only real chances came from short corners. Fortunately Rob Tarrant was up to the task in this area, with two fine goal line clearances on the right post, and the score line remained goalless.
With both defences holding firm and chances limited for either side, it was only an individual error which finally broke the deadlock. Bedford dwelling on the ball too long at the back, allowed the St Albans forward to steal and break into the D, where a clinical finish left Si Dolan with no chance and Bedford went in to the half time break a goal down.
The second half saw St Albans come out of the blocks at a pace which caught Bedford on their heels, and could have scored within 10 seconds of the half time whistle. Unfortunately for Bedford it was not long before St Albans did go two goals up, winning a short corner, with the set piece specialist firing his drag flick high into Bedford net.
With Bedford now chasing the game and a goal to get back in to the game, their fluid passing and movement style which had served them so well the previous weeks had deserted them with Bedford forcing their passes or trying too hard individually and taking the ball in to contact too often.
This was Bedford’s downfall for their final goal was conceded by losing the ball in their own half, and a swift counter allowed the St Albans forwards to put the nail in the coffin with their third goal of the game.
While Bedford were obviously disappointed with the result, there were a lot of positives to be had - not just David Townson making his first team league debut at fifteen, and performing admirably - but also knowing they have performed better and will do again, starting with their home game against Saffron Walden (2.30pm at Chester Road) this Saturday.

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# Team Pl Pts
1. CoP 1 21 54
2. St Albans 1 20 50
3. Wapping 1 22 50
4. Bedford 1 22 46
5. Harleston Magpies 1 20 41
6. Cambridge Uni 1 22 32
7. Chelmsford 1 20 20

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