MATCH PREVIEW V JERSEY REDS - AMENDED

***Due to sickness, Ed Taylor has come onto the bench in place of Justin Blanchet for today's game with Jersey Reds. ***

Bedford Blues are geared up and ready to go for their first home game of the 2018/19 Greene King IPA Championship season.
 
Jersey Reds are the visitors to Goldington Road on Saturday afternoon and the Blues know that the visit of the Channel Islanders always brings a huge challenge.
 
While the Blues picked up a 21-27 away win over Nottingham at Lady Bay on Sunday, Jersey tasted defeat on the road to newly-promoted Coventry at Butts Park Arena.
 
Looking ahead to the game against Jersey Reds, Blues skipper Lee Dickson said: "Getting the season off to a winning start up at Nottingham was fantastic but we now have to build on that performance and maintain the momentum that we've built up. Jersey are an excellent team who are very well organised and we are going to have to work extra hard to pick up another win."
 
Bedford make one personnel change in the backs with Jamie Elliott making his competitive Blues  debut at outside centre while Ed Coulson moves to fly half in place of Will Hooley who picked up a knock in the match against Nottingham. There is just one change in the pack with Alex Rae making way for Oli Curry who starts at blindside flanker while Justin Blanchet takes a place on the replacements' bench.
 
Speaking about the squad selection, Dickson added: "We've had to make a couple of changes this week and there were some tough decisions. With the talent we have available to us within the squad we felt it was the right thing to do in leaving Ben (Foden) out at this stage, Ryan played extremely well last week and we feel he deserves to keep the jersey.”
 
Starting line-up:
 
15. Rich Lane
14. Ryan Hutler
13. Jamie Elliott
12. Fraser Strachan
11. Dean Adamson
10. Ed Coulson
9. Lee Dickson (c)
 
1. Sean McCarthy
2. Charlie Clare
3. Alex Penny
4. Will Carrick-Smith
5. Mark Flanagan
6. Oli Curry
7. Josh Buggea
8. Huw Worthington
 
Replacements:
16. Jacob Fields
17. Camilo Parilli-Ocampo
18. Ben Cooper
19. Justin Blanchet
20. Jarad Williams
21. James Lennon
22. Joe Green

Next Home Match

Saturday 29th September
1st XV Championship
Goldington Road
Kick-Off
3.00pm

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