With a fine win against Wasps last week, and having put more than 40 points over Ealing last month, you might have thought that the scene was set for a comfortable win for the Blues against Ealing at Goldington Road.  However a combination of an Ealing side who had different ideas, and a Bedford Academy side who never hit form, resulted in the Blues going in at half time 5pts – 3 up, before an improved second half saw them work a 24pts – 10 win.

The first half saw Ealing take the game to Bedford never letting them settle.  The Blues managed to get the first score, with hooker Garth Spencer touching down a driven lineout to put Bedford 5pts – 0 ahead after 20 minutes.  Ealing narrowed the gap 5 minutes later with a penalty. Ealing’s defence was more than a match for the Blues, with them stopping any Blues attacks before they got going.

Ealing had a great start to the second half when a driven lineout gave them a try in the corner, which they converted, to go 10pts - 5 ahead.  Bedford began to snap out of their lethargy and increased the tempo of the game.  A fine try by left winger Will Foster, showing real pace to beat his man, was converted by centre Cameron Gregory-Ring to put the Blues 12pts – 10 ahead.  Full back Jack Stapley scored try on the opposite wing with a hand off giving him space to touch down in the corner.  Good work by the Blues pack led to the final try by Stowe schoolboy, flanker Tadhg O'Shaughnessy, making his Blues debut.  Gregory-Ring converted to give the Blues a 24pts – 10 victory.


Denis Ormesher, the Blues Academy Director, said … “All credit to Ealing, after losing at home last month, they came to Goldington Road determined to overturn us.  Their defence, especially in the first half, was strong, and they never allowed our attack to establish a rhythm.  At times we were our own worst enemy – we tried to move the ball wide before we had gone forward – a basic error which Ealing punished us for.”


“We were pleased with the way the lads fixed this in the second half, taking much more control of the game, and creating some good opportunities.  We were also pleased with how the three lads who played their first game for the Blues performed.”


Bedford:  Josh Waller, Garth Spencer, Ben Wilkinson, Sam Copeland, Alex Burman , Oli Robinson (capt), Harry Agnew, Steffan Osman-Wiggin; Dylan Leney, Roddy Giles; Will Foster, Chris Easton, Cameron Gregory-Ring, Scott Lyle; Jack Stapley:  Replacements:  Oliver Pescott-Frost, Liam Appleton, Josh Fadden, Tadhg O'Shaughnessy, Callum Strachan, Zach Scott-Gray, Olly Venni, Richard Stewart, Ollie Brown:


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Next Home Match

Saturday 26th January
1st XV Championship
Goldington Road