MATCH PREVIEW V NOTTINGHAM

Bedford Blues return to Championship action this weekend and will be hoping that their league form in 2014 continues as they welcome Nottingham to Goldington Road on Saturday.

The year started with a pleasing win over London Scottish, but two defeats in the British & Irish Cup see the Blues looking to reinvigorate their season in front of their home fans this weekend.

Bedford feared that their injury concerns had increased after Don Barrell, Tom Armes and Mike Le Bourgeois were all replaced during last weekend's clash with Rotherham while Mark Atkinson also picked up a dead leg. Thankfully, three out of the four are fully fit and able to take a place in the 22 man squad.

Saracens have recalled dual-registered players Scott Spurling, Tom Jubb, Matt Hankin and Eoin Sheriff for their double-header weekend while Ollie Dodge, Darren Fox and Dan Seal remain unavailable with their respective knocks. James Pritchard has recovered from injury though and returns to lead the team out.

Starting Line-up:

15. James Pritchard (c)
14. Pat Tapley
13. Corey Hircock
12. Mark Atkinson
11. Aaron Morris
10. Jake Sharp
9. Darryl Veenendaal

1. Darren Fearn
2. Charlie Clare
3. Ben Cooper
4. Mike Howard
5. Ben Gulliver
6. Gregor Gillanders
7. Sacha Harding
8. Joe Vandermolen

Replacements: 16. TJ Harris, 17. Nico Steenkamp, 18. Phil Boulton, 19. Don Barrell, 20. Tom Armes, 21. Harry Peck, 22. Brendan Burke

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Friday 14th November
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