1st XV News

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.

Bedford Blues suffered a second Championship defeat in a row on Saturday afternoon as they went down 39-31 to Rotherham.

The game was full of tries - you can watch them all now by clicking HERE - with nine being scored in total, but unfortunately the hosts scored five to the Blues four and the boot of Will Goodwin ensured that Rotherham took the spoils.

Bedford took the lead in the second minute when Steffan Jones converted a penalty after the Blues pack proved dominant in the first scrum of the afternoon but it was to be the only time Bedford led in the game.

Bedford Blues head off to South Yorkshire on Saturday afternoon for the always tough challenge of facing Rotherham Titans at Clifton Lane.

The Blues will be looking for a return to winning ways having suffered a first defeat of 2016  when they went down 18-25 to Jersey a fortnight ago. Games against Rotherham are never easy especially when the hosts will be looking to impress their new Head Coach Justin Burnell.

Looking ahead to the game, Blues Forwards Coach Martin Hynes said: "Everyone was disappointed with our performance against Jersey but hopefully it'll give the lads the kick up the backside they needed and we can all move on.

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