By Kevin Boniface, Head of Hockey
On Wednesday, the first XI hosted Ryde School. Both sides should be credited for their contribution to a fantastic game – arguably one of the best boys’ first XI games seen on the Astro for a while.
Ryde started strongly, pinning back the Bedales side and deservedly taking a 1-0 lead. It was however, incredibly pleasing to see the Bedales side respond well to this, fighting their way back in to the game through the influential Zach Stewart and deservedly grabbing an equaliser through a well worked short corner – the week of self-directed practice paying off! With the imperious Sol Arbib and his sidekick Bruno Heggie keeping things tight at the back, this allowed the creative influences of Elio Mazas, Sam Gibbon, Jac Wheeler and Felix Bicknell to gain more possession in the right areas and Bedales deservedly took the lead just before half-time with a neat finish from Ben Greening who found himself in the perfect back-post position.
The second half ebbed and flowed, but it was the away side who created more clear cut chances. However, some missed opportunities and superb goalkeeping from captain Josh Baty ensured that Ryde didn’t add to their first goal and after an injury break, Felix Bicknell took advantage of a Ryde re-shuffle, finishing accurately in the far corner to give the Bedales side a perhaps slightly flattering 3-1 margin in a deserved victory.
The best performance so far of the season for the Bedales team against a very competitive opposition.