November 2013

It will be a case of back to the drawing board for Bedford Blues after they suffered a second home defeat of the season going down 13-26 against a revitalised Moseley on Friday evening.

There were 2,545 fans crammed into Goldington Road for the Friday night lights but despite a positive start, the Blues just weren’t able to break down a stubborn Moseley defence who seized their opportunities when they were presented.

Moseley Fly half Caolan Ryan missed a penalty in the third minute after his pack won a penalty on a Bedford scrum and then Jake Sharp pulled an effort just left of the uprights when the visitors were pinged for not releasing a tackle.

After a narrow defeat last week against Cambridge Univ U21 XV, the Blues Academy travel to play Loughborough Univeristy U21 this week, on Saturday November 16th, Kick Off 12.30pm.

Loughborough, who attract some of the best rugby playing students in the country, will be a tough task for the younger Blues XV.

Bedford make a number of changes to their starting line up;  Kieran Duffin starts at 9 with Ben Calder reverting the the bench; Michael Philips starts at fly half and, the Australian twins Dylan and Keano van Dieman start at full back and on the wing. In the pack Joss Morgan starts at second row.

The Blues are captained by No. 8 Dan Martin.

No one wants to admit it, but Christmas is fast approaching and where better to buy all of those goodies for the family than the Bedford Blues online store.

REMEMBER Last Post for items to be delivered before Christmas is orders recived by 11am on Friday 20th December.

Whether it is a new 2013/14 rugby shirt for dad, a gilet for mum or a vintage top for granddad, the Blues online store has something for everyone as well as the opportunity to buy all of your match day tickets for the rest of the season.

After building a 19pts - 14 lead at half time, playing up the slope, the Blues Academy allowed Cambridge University U21 XV back into the game and lost a tight game by 35pts - 33.  Cambridge showed great character in competing continually and eventually deserved the win. 

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For a fourth time this season, Bedford Blues were edged out by the smallest of margins as the Cornish Pirates picked up a 16-13 win at the Mennaye Field on Sunday afternoon.

Constant drizzle did nothing to assist either side over the 80 minutes but this was a well fought contest between two pretty evenly matched teams. In the end, it was a single penalty that separated the two.

The match was only minutes old when assistant referee Dino Maddern was forced off with an injury but once the game was underway for a second time it was a full-bloodied contest right up until the last minute.

After good wins in the last two weeks, against Ealing and Nottingham, the Blues Academy face a much tougher challenge against the older Cambridge Univeristy U21 XV, at Goldington Road on Saturday November 9th, Kick Off 2.30pm.

Cambridge, who are preparing for their Varsity game at Twickenham in early December, had good wins recently against Moseley U21 XV and Bath University.  The University side, who will be on average two years older than the Blues, will present a tough physical challenge for  Bedford.

Sunday proved to be another frustrating afternoon for the Bedford Blues players and coaches as a late Matt Jarvis penalty secured the win for Nottingham at Meadow Lane.

Bedford got off to the best possible start when Paul Tupai bundled over from close range but when Joe Munro charged down Brendan Burke's attempted clearance kick to score a couple of minutes later to score, it was always going to be one of those afternoon's.

James Pritchard converted two penalties and Jarvis replied with one of his own to make it 10-11 before Nick Fenton-Wells rounded off a good forwards try with the skipper adding the extras at the interval.

Bedford Blues limped to their fifth defeat of the season at Nottingham this afternoon as late penalty earned the Green & Whites a last-gasp 26-24 victory.

Poor decision-making and infringements once again cost the Blues as they let victory slip through their fingers at Meadow Lane.

With neither side firing on all cylinders, neither eighth placed Bedford or 11th placed Nottingham achieved any sustained periods of ascendancy during the 80 minutes.

For the Blues it was an afternoon of prolonged malfunction as both of the hosts’ tries came from Blues mistakes, while all of Matt Jarvis’ penalties seemed to stem from players needlessly infringing.

The Blues Academy won the first game of the "double header" weekend against Nottingham.  Although slow to get into gear the Blues scored seven tries to produce a convincing performance to win by 43pts - 12, and set the scene for the Blues Championship game away at Nottingham on Sunday. 

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Bedford Blues annual fireworks display went off with an extra special sparkle this year as thousands of people walked through the Goldington Road gates for an evening they won't forget in a hurry.

Despite a miserable weather forecast, nothing could dampen the spirits as young and old came together to enjoy a true spectacular - and all for just £5. It was without a doubt, one of the finest displays that the club has ever seen.

The club would like to thank everyone who was involved in the organisation of the event along with the thousands of revellers who turned out to enjoy the occasion.

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