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DEA Bedford Soccer Club
Dale Dubois
Fax: 603-669-0900
Bedford, New Hampshire

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Welcome to TWELVE time Division Champion's, DEA Bedford Soccer Club home page. DEA Bedford Soccer Club is a very talented mens team that competes in the NHSC and in the NEOTHSL Masters division.  The core of the team has been together for longer than anyone can seem to remember (but we are working on that). The team has captured many championships in the NHSC and in the NEOTHSL dating back to the early 80's.  

Our home field is West Road Field in Londonderry, NH. Come see a game...

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Sunday, November 1
DEA Salvages Season with Historic Comeback

DEA likes to live dangerously, often flirting with being docked for card points, inconsistent attendance, and injuries piling up some seasons.  This season, they behaved and attended well, but played just poor enough to leave points on the field.  Before the opening kick-off, they looked to build on the Spring season's impressive 2nd place finish on their return to D1.  Instead, the season delved into a nightmare of late leads dissapating, defensive breakdowns, and scoring drought.

  Playing three straight against teams they were in the relegation battle with, the starting out by getting run over by Boxford.  Credit to Boxford, they had to come to our fields and needed a win just as badly, and they performed well in a 3-1 win.  DEA was now up against it as they travelled to Andover,  staring at relegation with 3 weeks left.

  They came out firing on all cylinders against Andover.  Having gifted a late lead to Andover earlier in the season, they held strong this time and eased into a 2-0 victory.  Coupled with Seacoast thumping Peabody, those three points were enough to get them out of the basement for the pentultimate match, hosting Peabody for a post-Halloween hangover. 

 As Dale has been known to say "Relegation battles are more exciting than Championship games!".  Recent history would back up that claim as twice since the calendar waved 2012 good-bye, they needed to dig deep to avoid relegation.  First, in spring of 2013, they had what was at the time arguably the greatest DEA comeback in their storied history.  Down 2-1 late to visiting FC Pirates, DEA scored two in injury time to leapfrong them into safety, as Pirates went down.  Fall of 2013 was a similar situation, but less drama as DEA swamped Groton to send them packing.

  With Peabody, last year's title winners having a bigger drop-off then DEA, storming out of the gate, they took an early lead when Dale pulled a JD, finishing nicely into our own net to put DEA down.  Peabody kept it on, building the lead to 3-0 with 18 minutes left.  The live table showed at the bottom, 2 points adrift of safety and knowing they'd need to win their last game, and hope for a positive results elsewhere in week 10 to stay up.  Then, DEA put up a show-stopper of a result that wowed the crowd on Breakfast Day.

 First, this new guy we hadn't seen all season, Chris Laberge, made his presence felt with two thumping headers to draw DEA within one.  A tie would due them well, so they pushed for the equalizer.  In the 80th, Flo went on a barmstorming run out of the back, crossing to Jim Walker.  Walker's header also found webbing, and DEA erupted knowing they only had to hold on for 5 minutes to be able to decide their own fate next week. 

 The problem was DEA had three-week stretch earlier in the season where they gave up a flurry of late goals to gift away the points, so they remained weary.  Instead, Jerold put an end to a frustrating season for him by curling a left footer as the clock ticked toward injury time.  It bent around the keeper and the crowd went wild as DEA had come all the way back to now lead 4-3!  Two weeks ago, they were done and dusted.  15 minutes ago, they were done and dusted.  In the end, the beers flowed freely and DEA had secured themselves of safety.   Just an incredible result and kudos to the lads who left it all on the pitch.  


Wednesday, October 14
Season in Danger

DEA had such high hopes in August.  As the leaves turn, so has their momentum and what looked like a strong team pushing themselves into the title-winning discussions has instead left them wondering where it all went wrong.

Pre-season prognisticators had DEA as 5-1 favorites to win the title, predicting them to top last season's 16 points in 9 games.  Instead, with 4 games left, they sit on the bottom with 3 points through six games, currently riding a two-game losing streak.  Title dreams have turned into relegation nightmares.  They have too much quality to even consider dropping back to Division 2, but if they don't put it all together very soon, that's where they will be.

After losing late leads in three straight games, they welcomed Seacoast to their pitch with hopes of gaining their first win of the season.  Instead, while not playing badly at all, DEA had one moment of lost concentration and Seacoast made them pay and took all three points in a 1-0 game.

The following week, they travelled to Division leading Nashua.  They gave up an early goal, tied it with some nice work from Pat Capozzi and Jonesy, then it all went awry as Nashua pulled away late with a 5-1 win.

The next two weeks will make or break DEA's season.  They host Boxford this coming Sunday, who have 5 points.  The following week, DEA travels to Andover while Boxford plays host to Nashua.  There stands a potential 6-point swing, as DEA MUST win the next two games, and if Nashua keeps playing as they have all year, look like good money to take three points off Boxford.  If all goes as planned, that would leave DEA with 9 points, Boxford with 5, with two games left.  Not out of the woods by any means, as DEA still finishes with two potential tricky games (Peabody and Seacoast again) to finish out the season.  Seacoast beating Peabody this week would be a nice topping as well.

DEA welcomes Simon back this week, and look to finally get a taste of the ever so sweet Winnahs-Brew.

Monday, September 28
DEA Drops More Points

In what has become a disturbing trend, DEA has let late leads go three times in a row now.  After giving away a 3-1 lead to Boxford late, they did more of the same in the following two weeks.


First, hosting Andover two weeks ago, they let Andover back into it in the 85th to draw 1-1.  This week, after leading last years Champioin Peabody 2-0 at the half, Peabody stormed back to tie it with a questionable PK in the 88th.


They look to get back on track against Seacost this week.

Sunday, September 13
DEA Levels with Boxford...of course they do

After turning a 1-0 halftime deficit into a 3-1 lead, DEA let Boxford back into it and Boxford levelled 3-3 in the 83rd minute.  Which is pretty much par for the course.

 *DEA and Boxford have played 13 times over the years.  The have tied 7 of those, including three straight down at Boxford

*It was rainy for the game.  Just as it has been for every game played at the Spofford Field.  Place is like the Bermuda Triangle.


DEA looks to shore up their suddenly suspect defense next week when they host Andover.

Sunday, August 30
DEA Falls Flat in Season Opener to Nashua

The much hyped opening match of the fall season saw DEA fall flat in a 4-1 drubbing to Nashua.  After a strong spring season, DEA looked to build on that success and had title hopes in their minds.  Instead, they were left questioning their quality, as several holes were exposed by Nashua.

DEA held the better of the play in the first half, but it was pretty even overall.  There were only a handful of solid chances for either side.  DEA's best came when Brian Yergeau's restart was bombed to the left side of the net.  Pat Capozzi climbed high to nod it back into play, but after a scramble Nashua's Magnus Karlsson latched onto it before the danger continued.

At the other end, a questionable call left Nashua with a restart 20 yards from goal.  Sean Wisby laced a drive that seemed destined for the upper corner.  As he yelped in anticipation, DEA's keeper Simon Burke somehow got a fingertip on it.  Diving hard to his left, he got just enough to tip if off the underside of the bar and it fell safely away.  An outstanding save, to be sure.

The game turned 5 minutes into the second half.  After a defensive breakdown left Wisby on a 2-1, his pass/shot whistled by Simon.  Camped at the back post, behind every DEA defender, was Nashua's Eric Jackson, standing on the goal line.  He tapped home from 17 centimeters away to put Nashua ahead.  It was clearly offsides, and Nashua even admitted after the game, but DEA's furious protests went unheard.  

The goal opened the game up, and it was Nashua who took advantage.  10 minutes after going ahead, Reyad got a fortunate bounce and waltzed through the DEA backline to beat the offside's trap.  In alone, he finished coolly and DEA now had a hill to climb.

The looked to claw back into it when Jon Cloutier was hacked down in the box by Jose Freitas.  Jerold tucked it home and DEA was finally on the board.

Not long after, poor DEA defending left Shane Kilmon with an open header to restore the two-goal cushion.  Nashua would tack on a late one for cosmetics.

With several players already listed on the long-term IR, DEA has two weeks to do some soul-searching and come up with a better plan for Week 2 against recently promoted Boxford.  Always a battle with Boxford, they've tied half of their games with them over the years; but losing only once.  DEA will be looking to secure their first 3 points to get the season turned around.

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