Independent Schools FA Cup, First Round
Bedford Modern School 1 Hampton School 2 (att 20)
Another Independent Schools Cup match, this time in Bedford, was an ideal stopping off point on my journey from London back home to Manchester.
This was the best game I've seen in this enjoyable competition so far. Hampton were beaten finalists last season, and were given a tough test by Bedford Modern before claiming their place in round two.
The visitors went ahead after about 15 minutes, but Bedford fought back to make it 1-1 by half time. Hampton had the better of the second half, and they deserved their winner.
Bedford Modern School has a large and well-maintained sports field just across the main road from the school itself.
Judging by the layout of pitches, rugby is the main sport, this term at least. The game was played on a pitch that also had rugby markings, as well as a scoreboard, presumably of more use for rugby than football. I liked the venue though, and it was nice to get a programme, the first I've had at an Independent School Cup match.