Stevenage put up a "spirited display", as supporter John Mould put it, against a very strong Bedford opposition in the quarter finals of the HA Mixed Plate competition. By half time, Bedford had netted three goals, the first a quickly struck ball which 'keeper Tim Dingley had no chance of seeing.
The second half saw both teams up the pace, with mazey runs from Mike Oliver, strong attacks from Caz Ayles and Lucy Harvey and great support play from the midfield of Carly Seaton and Graham Swinyard. Unfortunately, this wasn't enough to stop Bedford scoring again, despite some excellent saves from Dingley. This was the catalyst needed to spur Stevenage to greater efforts. A great run from Oliver ended with a rebound off the far post, which Mark Risley latched onto with aplomb. This just incensed the Bedford side, who went on to score another couple of goals.
Stevenage chose this time to score again. Oliver went on one of his dribbling runs into the D, so the Bedford player decided to chop him. Short Corner. Up stepped the power house of Harvey to smash the ball over the prone goalkeeper, but below the top of the backboard, much to the chagrine of one of the Bedford defense. Back to the centre spot and Bedford decided to up the pressure again. Another couple of goals against, then the moment of the match. Dingley had an easy clearance ahead of him with a ball trickling towards the goal. Big swing, slight nick, ball travelled slowly over the goal line. Bedford wrapped it up at 10-2 with one more goal. Stevenage are out of the mixed competition for another year.