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Following Sunday’s disappointment in Cornwall as the Blues fell to a last minute one point loss to Pirates, Mike Rayer’s men need the town out in force this Saturday at Goldington Road as they prepare to face second placed Doncaster Knights (Kick Off 3pm).

The match featuring two of the top four is tantalisingly setup with Bedford looking to extend their unbeaten run of home wins as well as continuing to entertain the crowds with quick, expansive rugby that has seen them score eight more tries in the backs than the next nearest competitor.

Bedford Blues suffered an agonising defeat at the Mennaye Field on Sunday afternoon as the Cornish Pirates scored a late, late converted try to secure a 32-31 win.

Despite having to dig very deep in the second half, the Blues looked to be heading home with a bonus point win after Pat Tapley, Tom Griffiths, Joel Conlon and Mike Le Bourgeois had all crossed the whitewash with Myles Dorrian converting all four plus a penalty. But the Pirates pressed until the very end and got their reward as Alex Cheeseman scored from close range before Laurence May converted to seal victory.

Bedford Blues return to Championship action this weekend with the customary trip to Penzance as they face the Cornish Pirates on Sunday afternoon.

Games between the clubs are always hotly contested and league position will mean nothing when the two go head-to-head at the Mennaye Field.

Bedford Blues will have the privilege of hosting the first televised rugby game of 2016 when the Sky cameras come to Goldington Road on New Year’s Day for the Championship fixture against London Scottish.

The game has been moved back to 3.05pm to accommodate the cameras so that’ll give everyone an extra five minutes to recover from any ‘over indulgences’ the night before and make their way to Goldington Road.

Bedford maintained their unbeaten home record this season with an excellent 27-18 win over Ulster ‘A’ which keeps the Blues at the top of British & Irish Cup Pool 2.

Some fantastic running rugby saw Piers O’Conor, Jordan Burns and Steffan Jones all crossing the whitewash while Jake Sharp had an excellent day from the kicking tee as the Blues turned pink for the annual Ladies Day fixture that was attended by a wonderful 2303 fans. 

That’s not to say that the Blues had it all their own way and if Ulster’s Sam Windsor had his kicking radar as finely tuned as Sharp’s, then the result could have been a different one.

Bedford Blues are delighted to show off their fantastic 'Pink' kit ahead of tomorrow's Ladies Day fixture.

Manufactured by Zoo Sports, the special one-off kit will be worn for the clash against Ulster 'A' before being auctioned in the Blues Marquee to raise funds for Cancer Research UK.

On top of two-for-one ground entry for all ladies (available on the match day gate only), there will as always be a host of offers available on the day in the Blues Marquee, including:

Bedford Blues will be turning Pink this weekend as they host Ulster ‘A’ in the British & Irish Cup which is also this year’s Ladies Day fixture which kicks off at 2.30pm on Saturday.

Coming in off the back of an impressive 35-6 win over Scarlets Select on Sunday, the Blues will be looking to continue the momentum but know they are in for a huge challenge as they face a team that demolished Bristol 30-5 in Belfast last Friday.

Goldington Road is busily preparing to welcome the female population of the region for the Blues’ annual Ladies Day as we attempt to turn Bedford pink this Saturday against Ulster (Kick Off 2:30pm, gates open 12 noon).

Again in support of Cancer Research UK, there are attractions for both men and women in the Blues Marquee, as well as another much anticipated rugby match as Blues aim to continue their good form against the Irishmen in the British & Irish Cup.

On top of two-for-one ground entry for all ladies (available on the match day gate only), there will as always be a host of offers available on the day in the Blues Marquee, including:

Bedford Blues kicked off their British & Irish Cup campaign with an impressive 35-6 win over the Scarlets Select at Carmarthen Park on Sunday afternoon.

Tries from James Pritchard, Sam James, Mike Le Bourgeois and Steffan Jones secured the bonus win for the Blues while Myles Dorrian, Jones and Jake Sharp also added points from the boot on a blustery day in west Wales.

Bedford’s attacking intent was clear from the open phase which lasted almost five minutes and saw the visitors throwing the ball around as they tried to find a way through the Scarlets defence.

Bedford Blues kick off their British and Irish Cup campaign with a trip to Carmarthen on Sunday afternoon as they prepare to face the Scarlets Select squad.

The Blues head into the game off the back of a dramatic late victory over Yorkshire Carnegie after Steffan Jones converted an 80th minute penalty to seal a 22-21 win.

Looking ahead to the game, Blues defence coach Ian Vass said: “Last week’s game was extremely attritional and took a lot out of the squad but with the game moving to Sunday, we’ve had an extra day to prepare and the lads have responded superbly.


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