Bedford Blues welcome Nottingham to Goldington Road under the Friday Night Lights in Round Eight of the Greene King IPA Championship.

Games between Bedford and Nottingham have a habit of being hard fought and closely contested affairs with the British & Irish cup encounter just four weeks ago being a perfect example as the Blues picked up a 26-38 win at Lady Bay.

Three points separate the two teams in the league table and Bedford know that they will need to be at their best to overcome Ian Costello's men.

"Nottingham have had a great start to the season and are ceRtainly playing exciting rugby which causes all sorts of headaches for their opposition," said Blues Backs Coach Paul Larkin. "Our result up at Yorkshire Carnegie last time out was very unsatisfying but the boys have returned from a week off in determined mood and keen to right the wrongs of what happened a fortnight ago. Everyone is very excited for a game under the lights at Goldington Road and I'm sure the game won't disappoint. Both teams like to throw the ball around while also having plenty of power up front. It should be a great evening."

The Blues are without Elliot Clements-Hill (hamstring) and Tom Lindsay (medial knee ligament) while Justin Blanchet and Josh Buggea remain on the long-term injury list. There is better news though as flying winger Howard Packman has returned from injury to take a starting place on the wing and Will Hooley starts his first game since the early September. 

Starting line-up:

15. Chris Czekaj
14. Howard Packman
13. Ollie Dodge
12. Michael LeBourgeois (c)
11. Dean Adamson
10. Will Hooley
9. Lee Dickson

1. Sean McCarthy
2. George Edgson
3. Ben Cooper
4. Ed Taylor
5. Will Carrick-Smith
6. Alex Rae
7. Ben Adams
8. Jarad Williams

16. Jacob Fields
17. Camilo Parilli-Ocampo
18. Alex Penny
19. Jordan Onojaife
20. Paul Tupai
21. Jordan Burns
22. Harry Sheppard

The fixture is also the Club's 7th annual Armed Forces and Emergency Services evening which offers free entry to all serving personnel. As the world remembers, the Blues are supporting those who put their lives on the line for the freedom of others and placing thanks to members of the police, fire and ambulance services who aid and assist the public every day in the UK. To gain free entry to the game, just bring your ID to the gate for free ground access.

Next Home Match

Wednesday 26th December
1st XV
Goldington Road