Bees buzzing after Friday Night Lights

Beestons Esme Burge celebrates scoring the first goal Credit David Kissman

Beeston ran out 4-0 winners over Belper in the Investec Women’s North Conference in front of a bumper crowd under the lights at the Nottingham Hockey Centre this past Friday night.

The Bees moved their game to the Friday evening with the intention of drawing a larger crowd than usual for what proved to be an absorbing league clash with their midlands rivals.

“We were delighted with how the event went.” said 1st XI manager Chris Glover. “We were able to get treble the usual crowd we normally do for our Ladies 1st XI fixtures, well into triple figures, and it proved to be a great spectacle and a good game of hockey.”

“We were pleased to see so many new faces down watching who normally wouldn't be able to as they would be playing their own games on a Saturday.” Glover added.

The event was one that had been planned for quite some time with the cooperation of opponents Belper and the support from sponsors Whirlowdale and One Health Group, Glover and the rest of the Beeston club were able to put on a Friday night spectacular for the first time.

In his programme notes, Glover spoke of the importance of raising the profile of women’s sport, and in particular the “fantastic local women’s hockey teams.” Since Beeston first mooted the idea, the success of Great Britain’s women at the Olympic Games ensured the excitement for hockey in the local area had really heightened, hence the larger crowd who arrived to watch the home side secure their second win from two this season.

Esme Burge set the hosts off and running with the opener. A double strike from Bees’ goal machine Sophie Robinson either side of a goal from Rebekah Walker secured the three points for Beeston sending the majority of the bumper crowd home happy.

A delighted Glover told England Hockey:

“We are very grateful to Belper for giving it a go, and while we came out on top on the pitch this time, they have given us some really positive feedback and I am hopeful we might be able to run a similar event next year if the chance presents itself.”

A big crowd, a win and a good spectator experience, it’s safe to say Beeston enjoyed their first experience of Friday Night Lights!

For the match report of the action visit Beeston's website. For Chris Glover's pre-match programme notes click here.   

Photo shows Esme Burge celebrating opening the scoring and is courtesy of David Kissman.