1st XV News

Bedford Blues went out of the British and Irish Cup on Friday evening as they went down 15-19 to Jersey - you can see all of the tries HERE.

The Islanders have proven to be the thorn in the side for Mike Rayer's men this season as they have racked up their third win wins out of three in the league and cup.

Bedford were left massively frustrated at the final whistle as they did have opportunities to win the tie but on one too many occasions the greasy ball slipped out of hand - most notably when Piers O’Conor made a fantastic break with Pat Tapley in support but the winger just couldn’t grasp the odd shaped ball.

British & Irish Cup action returns to Goldington Road on Friday night as Bedford Blues play host to Jersey in the Quarter-Final of the competition.
While the Islanders have two victories over the Blues in the Greene King IPA Championship, Bedford have been in superb form in the cup with the only blot on the page being an away loss to Bristol in the Pool stage.
Bedford make two changes in the backs to the team that came from behind to beat Ealing Trailfinders in the league last weekend with Jordan Burns and Jake Sharp starting at scrum half and fly half respectively while Sam James, James Currie and Paul Tupai all start in the pack.

It’s Cup Quarter Final week at Goldington Road as Blues head straight back into home action this Friday against Jersey in the British & Irish Cup knockout fixture (Kick Off 19:45).

Following Saturday’s thrilling comeback win versus Ealing Trailfinders, the Bedford boys return to confident spirits ahead of the Friday night lights match where they again meet the Channel Islanders who have managed to get the better of Mike Rayer’s men twice already this season.

The Blues will be hunting a revenge mission with a semi-final berth at place away at either Yorkshire Carnegie or Moseley the following weekend.

Bedford Blues fullback Piers O'Conor has been nominated for The Greene King IPA Championship Player of the Month for February and he needs your vote to take the title.

O’Conor has proven to be a revelation for the Blues during their march back to the top four of the Championship table. After playing for England in the World Rugby U20 Championship final last June, O’Conor has kept the likes of club stalwarts James Pritchard and Steffan Jones out of the club’s fullback shirt. Already touching down seven times this season including against Ealing Trailfinders at the weekend, his electrifying pace suggests he’ll have plenty more to add to that tally before the campaign concludes.

As much as I don’t want to say it, it really was a game of two halves at Goldington Road on Saturday afternoon as Bedford Blues recovered from 7-24 down to beat Ealing Trailfinders 33-24.

Despite a second minute try, the Blues were on the back foot during the opening 40 with a resurgent Ealing running in three converted tries and a penalty to lead by 17 at the break.

Whatever was said at the interval had the desired effect as Bedford shut up shop in defence and scored four tries to win the game and send their fans home happy.

Bedford Blues return to Goldington Road this weekend for a crucial Greene King IPA Championship game against Ealing Trailfinders.

The Blues head into the encounter off the back of two league defeats to Jersey and Rotherham, and they know that Ealing will be fighting for everything as they try to put some light between themselves and Moseley at the bottom of the table.

Bedford have been left disappointed with their last two league outings, but will be doing everything that they can to get back on track as they look to finish the season on a high.

This Saturday’s big shop sale item will be an official Blues Hoodie with 20% off both the original and full zip hoodies only available on match day v Ealing Trailfinders.

Each remaining home game the Blues Shop will feature one big sale item to get your hands on and this weekend’s represents a fantastic bargain for one of the Blues’ best-selling leisurewear garments..

The 20% discount of all in stock adults and kids hoodies equals a saving of nearly £10 off the adult range. Just pop into the Club Shop on match day to take advantage.

This weekend’s visitors Ealing Trailfinders struck a huge blow in the Greene King IPA Championship's battle of the bottom last weekend – and they now arrive in Bedford in search for some much-needed consistency and successive league wins.

Ealing not only beat Moseley but beat them handsomely in Round 17, with a 55-15 bonus-point win – including four tries from winger Rhys Crane – enough to lift them two points above the West Midlands side.

But they're far from safe yet and now travel to a Blues side that snatched a 23-21 victory on Ealing's home turf back in October.

Bedford return home this Saturday in need of your support to rediscover winnings ways in front of the old faithful at Goldington Road against a buoyant Ealing Trailfinders side (Kick Off 3pm).

The Blues arrive back at home following two losses against Jersey and Rotherham Titans, whilst the Vallis Way club travel to Bedford fresh from a comprehensive 55-15 victory over Moseley and looking to climb the table.

In the reverse fixture earlier in the season, Mike Rayer’s men only clinched the win thanks to a last minute Steffan Jones’ penalty setting up another critical crunch Championship tie.

An additional allocation of Eagle Stand and Ground Entry tickets have now been released for the British & Irish Cup Quarter Final on Friday 11th March v Jersey with the best seats in the house available.

Season Ticket holders have now passed the deadline for early purchase of their existing seat, but will find a good selection of premium seats available online for just £20 in the stand.

While the Blues, who topped Pool 2 of the competition, face Jersey on Friday 11th March with a 7.45pm kick-off, the other fixtures will see Leinster ‘A’ facing London Welsh, Yorkshire Carnegie hosting Moseley and Cornish Pirates being drawn at home against Doncaster Knights.



Next Home Match

Saturday 5th November
1st XV Championship
Goldington Road