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VIDEO: MATCH REPORT & HIGHLIGHTS V PLYMOUTH
No one likes a cliché, but it certainly was a game of two halves at Brickfields on Friday night as Bedford came from 13-3 down to win 16-27.
Bedford took an early lead when Mike Le Bourgeois blasted over a penalty after the hosts were penalised at the ruck, but Declan Cusack converted two penalties to put Albion in the lead. With the score at 3-6 and 40 minutes on the clock, everything seemed manageable but a loose pass from Mark Atkinson which went behind the intended target was snapped up by Tom Bowen who scored with Cusack adding the extras.
Whatever was said at the interval certainly had the desired effect as a revitalised Bedford came out at a blistering pace with Le Bourgeois converting a penalty and then James Short showed great pace and footballing skills to score a converted try to level things up.
Cusack restored the hosts lead momentarily with his third penalty which rather fortuitously bounced off the upright and over the bar, but the rest of the night was to be Bedford's
He may have been feeling guilty for the Albion try, but Atkinson was soon in everyone’s good books again when he telegraphed a Plymouth pass, made the interception and ran 40 yards to score with Booj adding the two points.
Young winger Patrick Tapley then scored a deserved try next to the posts after good build up work from almost every Blues player on the pitch with Le Bourgeois converting again.
There was still time for a Plymouth fight back in the last ten minutes, but the Blues defence was on top form soaking up everything that the home side could throw at them and repelling them at every advance.