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Bedford Blues are looking to bounce straight back from their Championship defeat at Cornish Pirates when they welcome Doncaster Knights to Goldington Road on Friday evening in the British & Irish Cup.

Bedford still have an outside chance of qualifying for the second round of the British & Irish Cup and they would need a convincing win over the unbeaten Knights to boost that possibility.

Following a disappointing defeat away to Cornish Pirates at the Mennaye, stand in skipper Paul Tupai is determined to right the wrongs from last time out and give Bedford supporters something to celebrate ahead of the Doncaster Knights clash at Goldington Road this Friday (Kick Off 7:45pm).

The Blues suffered a heartbreaking loss last Sunday, running in just two tries against an unstoppable Pirates side playing the best rugby they have produced this season, but this Friday sees Bedford on a revenge mission and the former Samoan international is confident the boys will be out in force in front of a home crowd.

There will be rugby under lights again at Goldington Road next week, when the Blues Academy take on Saracens Academy, on Monday December 1st, KO 7.30 pm.  The Blues will be looking to put on a good performance against the RFU funded Academy. 

After a good win last week, at home to Irish Exiles, Bedford pick a strong side to face Saracens.

Bedford Blues are delighted to announce that the new ‘Happy Hours’ initiative will be continuing this Friday night ahead of the impending British & Irish Cup fixture against Doncaster Knights.

To further enhance supporters’ match day experience and ensure early visitors get the best beer for their buck; Wells Eagle IPA, McEwan’s Lager, Young’s London Stout, Wells Eagle Smooth and Somersby Cider will all be available at the reduced price of just £3.00 a pint.

‘Friday Night Lights’ continue at Goldington Road this Friday 28th November as Bedford Blues take on Doncaster Knights in Round 5 of the British and Irish Cup.

The Blues faced disappointment when the two sides last met back in October, losing out 36-20 despite an undeniably strong second half performance, as Mike Rayer’s troops set out on a revenge mission and attempt to right the wrongs of last Sunday in front of a strong home crowd. 

Bedford Blues suffered a Championship defeat in west Cornwall as the Pirates ran in nine tries at the Mennaye Field on Sunday write the Bedford Times and Citizen.

Pirates got off to a brilliant start gaining four tries and securing the bonus point inside the first 35 minutes as Bedford Blues struggled to put points on the scoreboard. 

On a very wet murky day Bedford Academy beat the Irish Exiles by 29pts – 14 at Goldington Road.  Playing down the slope, the Blues scored three tries to take a lead of 17pts – 0 at half time, controlling the game well, before an even second half with two tries apiece left Bedford with a 29pts – 14 win.

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Bedford Blues will be hoping to make it two on the bounce when they head West to face Cornish Pirates in the Greene King IPA Championship on Sunday afternoon.

Games between the two sides are always hotly contested affairs with score lines usually being separated by just a handful of points. Bedford will also be looking to continue the form that saw them overcome Yorkshire Carnegie 15-10 in front of a large Goldington Road crowd under the Friday night lights.

Jim Wigglesworth may be in awe of James Pritchard’s legacy at Bedford Blues but he is intent on making sure the legendary full-back is not a sure-fire starter upon his return to the club.

Pritchard is the Blues’ all-time leading point scorer and at 35 is still going strong for both club and country, as part of Canada’s squad for this year’s autumn internationals.

And though losing their evergreen No.15 is a blow the Blues could do without, one person making the most of his absence is new signing Wigglesworth.

The Blues Academy return to Goldington Road this weekend when they welcome the Irish Exiles U19 squad, on Sunday November 23rd, KO 2pm.

After a good win last week, away to the Cambridge University U21 XV, Bedford again rotate their squad with four players returning to the side from injury, and also make a number of positional changes,

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