MATCH REPORT V NOTTINGHAM

Bedford Blues opened their British & Irish Cup campaign with a bonus point win over Nottingham at Lady Bay on Sunday afternoon.

Six tries ensured that the Blues headed home with maximum points but they were a little disappointed that Nottingham managed to run in four tries of their own to secure a bonus point of their own.

The game was only two minutes old when the Blues opened the scoring. Following on from his superb run last weekend to set up a try for Jordan Burns, George Edgson showed more skills to go on a mazing run to score but the extras went begging.

It didn't matter too much though as the Blues continued to dominate proceedings with a penalty giving them an attacking platform deep in the Nottingham 22. Harry Sheppard sent the ball to touch before it was gathered at the lineout and the forwards drove on. As the defence buckled, Nottingham pulled down the maul and the referee ran under the posts to make it 0-12 to the Blues.

In the 20th Minute, Bedford struck again with the forwards once again setting up the attack which was duly finished by Camilo Parilli-Ocampo with Sheppard converting.

Six minutes later and Bedford secured their fourth try and bonus point as Nottingham tried to make use of the possession they had. Bedford's defence held firm with the ball being turned over inside the Blues 22 before a breakaway allowed Elliot Clements-Hill to cross the line with Sheppard converting again.

All looked rosy, but Nottingham reminded Bedford that they weren't going to give up as their driving maul kicked into gear with Jimmy Stevens dotting down for the unconverted score which made it 5-26 at the interval.

Bedford started the second half much as they did the first with an early try. Good build-up play was capped off with a fine offload from Matt Gallagher which allowed Rich Lane to run in for the score.

The Blues continued to have things their own way and they made it 5-38 in the 55th minute when Lee Dickson found space to cross and Sheppard converted.

Whether it was the kick up the backside that Nottingham needed or Bedford being guilty of taking their foot off the gas, the hosts came back into the game running in three tries through Ollie Evans, Dave Williams and Will Sutton with Gearoid Lyons converting all of them to leave the score line with a little more respectability to it.

Bedford return to Goldington Road next weekend for Round Two of the Cup, and the annual Ladies Day fixture, against Ospreys Select XV. 

*Pictures courtesy of Rod Wetton Photography*

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Friday 24th November
1st XV Championship
Goldington Road
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