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Bedford Blues return to British & Irish Cup action on Friday night with their second trip of the season to Ashton Gate to face high flying Bristol.

The Blues have been enjoying the cup competition so far this season having racked up good wins over Scarlets Select and Ulster A, but know that they are in for a huge challenge against Bristol who currently top the Greene King IPA Championship.

Bedford make full use of their squad for the Friday night game making nine changes to the team that was defeated by Doncaster Knights last weekend.

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Bedford Blues unbeaten home run came to an end on Saturday afternoon as second placed Doncaster Knights recorded a 13-18 victory at Goldington Road.

Things had looked bright for the Blues in the opening 40 minutes as Joel Conlon crossed the whitewash with Jake Sharp adding the extras along with two penalties, but a first half penalty from Knights winger Dougie Flockhart was followed by five more in the second half to secure the win.

Bedford Blues will be hoping to bounce back immediately against Doncaster Knights in the Greene King IPA Championship this weekend having suffered an agonising one point defeat to the Cornish Pirates.

Looking ahead to the game, Blues Director of Rugby Mike Rayer said: “We know we have a huge challenge ahead as Doncaster are in a rich vein of form. They will bring a big physical threat up front and have some real X-factor in the back three.

“We took a knock last week, but we are back at Goldington Road and in front of our fans and we’ll be doing all we can to get back on the horse and put in a big performance.”

Bedford Blues full back James Pritchard is joining near-neighbours Ampthill on a short term loan deal to help them during an injury crisis.

Pritchard, who recently appeared in his fourth Rugby World Cup with Canada, joins up with several former Blues as Ampthill prepare to face Hull Ionians this weekend.

Speaking about the move, Blues Director of Rugby Mike Rayer said: “Pritch is an amazingly experienced player who will be able to help out Ampthill on the pitch as they battle with a nasty injury crisis.

Bedford Blues are pleased to announce a partnership with SSG Services in sponsoring and providing the Blues Guard of Honour on match days at Goldington Road.

The revamped initiative is hoped to improve the match day experience for participants and spectators alike as we welcome the next generation to Goldington Road for a special experience.

If you have a school, club or general group that would be interested in forming the GOH at a home Blues match then we would love to hear from you. Simply email gareth@bedfordrugby.co.uk with your details and we will try to accommodate.

Remember to keep up to date with the latest match highlights via our Youtube channel BedfordBluesvids featuring tries from all the games with commentary.

To find the latest content each week simply click on the link on the right hand side of the Bedford Blues website homepage and leave your comments either underneath the video or on twitter.

View our latest video from the narrow Pirates loss below or watch our promotional videos from the trailers and let us know your thoughts. BluesTV at BedfordBluesVids on Youtube, sponsorship opportunities available.

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.

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