Bedford Blues v Plymouth Albion

Saturday, 12 August, 2017 - 15:00
1st XV Pre Season
Won 43-7

Bedford Blues kicked off their pre-season campaign with a comprehensive 43-7 victory over National One side Plymouth Albion at Goldington Road on Saturday afternoon.

While the score line may have suggested otherwise, the Blues had to dig deep early on and put in a good defensive display against Kieran Hallett's men who are expected to be pushing for promotion this season.

With a strong Blues defence in place, the attack was in just as inspired form with Howard Packman crossing the whitewash twice while Man of the Match Rich Lane, Michael Le Bourgeois, George Edgson, Paul Tupai and Dean Adamson all scored.

Speaking after the final whistle, Packman said: "Of course it's great to get over for a try our two but it's credit to what we've been doing attacking wise during pre-season. It's also helped when you have the forwards carries and physicality which really helped to grind down a strong Plymouth team.

Lee Dickson added: "The hard work the boys have put in during pre-season with their attitude and tightness showed this afternoon on the pitch. It was a difficult first half but the second half was outstanding from the lads and a big shout out has to go to our defence. To only concede one try in a pre-season game is big and we really worked hard for one another."

Albion started brightly and almost found a way over early on when a neat chip almost played in Dan Powell but he couldn't quite finish. The Blues, however, were able to finish their early opportunity when Lee Dickson sniped from the back of a maul and played in Packman who went over for an unconverted score.

Albion fired back when Dan Mugford struck a penalty to the corner and the Plymouth driving maul kicked into effect was stopped short. A series of pick and go efforts followed before skipper Herbie Stupple powered over and Mugford added the extras.

But Bedford punished the visitors from the restart when Lane latched onto the ball and hurtled over the try line with the impressive Will Hooley adding the conversion to make it 12-7 at the break.

The second half saw Bedford dominate proceedings and it didn't take long for try number three as Packman again found space and finished in deadly fashion. A few minutes later and the Blues made it 24-7 when Le Bourgeois was played in and substitute Harry Sheppard converted.

Albion fought tooth and nail to find a way back into the game, but Bedford continued to rack up the points with Edgson and Tupai both powering their way over the try line while Adamson found space on the wing to dot down. Sheppard converted two more times as Bedford wrapped up what in the end was a comfortable first run out and home win.

Next Home Match

Friday 16th November
1st XV Cup
Goldington Road



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