MATCH REPORT & HIGHLIGHTS V ROTHERHAM

Bedford Blues suffered a second Championship defeat in a row on Saturday afternoon as they went down 39-31 to Rotherham.

The game was full of tries - you can watch them all now by clicking HERE - with nine being scored in total, but unfortunately the hosts scored five to the Blues four and the boot of Will Goodwin ensured that Rotherham took the spoils.

Bedford took the lead in the second minute when Steffan Jones converted a penalty after the Blues pack proved dominant in the first scrum of the afternoon but it was to be the only time Bedford led in the game.

Lloyd Hayes came close to an instant reply form the restart but the ref spotted a forward pass in the build up and pulled play back. It mattered not though as the centre got his reward three minutes later. A lineout in the Blues 22 provided the chance for Rotherham to maul over but when Bedford resisted, the ball came out to Luke Carter who offloaded for Hayes to score and Goodwin converted.

Rotherham were soon 14-3 ahead as Goodwin made a good break before playing in Tom Calladine who galloped over to score with Goodwin adding the extras.

Bedford didn't crumble though and in the 14th minute they were back in the game when a strong Blues lineout gave a platform which resulted in Dean Adamson pouncing on the ball to score and Jake Sharp converted to bring the game back to 14-10.

It was end to end stuff at Clifton Lane, but with the scrum proving pivotal, Bedford were reduced to 14 men when Phil Boulton was judged to have infringed and Rotherham took advantage. The ball was sent to touch and Calladine crashed over for his second of the afternoon to make it 19-10 and that's how it stayed until the break.

Bedford needed to the second half brightly but Rotherham didn't allow them the opportunity and they secured the bonus point when the tried-and-tested lineout-maul-drive-try saw Toby Salmon pop up with the ball and Goodwin converting.

Goodwin then capped off a fine personal display with a try of his own when the fly half spotted a gap and hurtled through it before converting his own score to make it 33-10.

Bedford looked shell-shocked but they didn't give in and responded with two well worked tries. Michael Le Bourgeois broke through the defence to score in the 60th minute before Dean Adamson rounded off a fine team try when he chipped and chased to score his second of the afternoon. Both were converted to make it 33-24 with plenty of time on the clock.

But Rotherham weren't going to let this one slip and as the minutes ticked down, Goodwin added two more penalties to push the game out of the Blues reach although a late Mike Howard try did secure the Blues a try-scoring bonus point and Myles Dorrian added the extras to round the game off.

Bedford return to Goldington Road next weekend looking to get back on track against Ealing Trailfinders.

Next Home Match

Friday 24th November
1st XV Championship
Goldington Road
Kick-Off
7.45pm

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