1st XV News

Bedford Blues are delighted to announce that ‘£3 Happy Hours’ will continue this Saturday at the home match against Cross Keys on Ladies Day in the upstairs Eagle Bar.

To ensure the gentlemen at Ladies Day aren’t left out, Wells Eagle IPA, McEwan’s Lager, Young’s London Stout, Wells Eagle Smooth and Somersby Cider will all be available at just £3 a pint from 12 noon until 14:30 and again at 17:00 until 20:00. This offer will only be available upstairs in the Eagle Bar, with a saving of nearly £1 on most pump beers so don’t miss out!

Following Bedford Blues’ success against Jersey last time out, Chairman Geoff Irvine has urged the rugby community to continue showing their support for the town’s club by keeping the attendance figures up and proving what the Blues means to the region.

The Blues Chairman, who is due to stand down in May 2016, said: “I would like to thank everyone who attended the first home victory of the season last Saturday despite the bad weather pre-match and helped make Goldington Road a fortress.

Bedford suffered late heartbreak in their opening British & Irish Cup match as a last gasp conversion by former Blue Kieran Hallett saw Cornish Pirates edge a thrilling contest, 35-34.

Mike Rayer's men travelled to Penzance on the back of two Championship victories and must surely have thought they had extended their winning run when Steffan Jones crossed for his second try which put them into the lead after 73 minutes.

They couldn't hold out though and had to make do with both a try and losing bonus point at The Mennaye after Jim Wigglesworth, Pat Tapley, Villiami Hakalo and Dean Adamson had also crossed the whitewash for the visitors.

Bedford Blues are delighted to announce that captain Nick Fenton-Wells and hooker Charlie Clare have been selected in the Championship XV squad to face Canada at Sixways Stadium on Sunday 2nd November.

Skipper Fenton-Wells joined the Blues permanently this season following a successful two-year loan period from Saracens and was announced as captain for the 2014/15 season having made an enormous impression in his time at Goldington Road.

Bedford Blues will be making the full use of their squad as they make the long trip down to Penzance to face Cornish Pirates in the British & Irish Cup this weekend.

The Blues have been buoyed on by two league wins on the trot against Jersey and Plymouth Albion while a strong second half display against London Scottish acted as the catalyst for the recent turn of fortunes on the field.

Games against the Pirates in Cornwall are never easy and Blues Team Manager Rob Crowle is expecting another bruising battle on Sunday afternoon.

Bedford Blues Club Night will continue this Friday following a successful first attendance last week in the Eagle Bar at Goldington Road.

Commencing at 19:00 this week’s live Aviva Premiership coverage will see Leicester Tigers lock horns with Harlequins in a humdinger at Welford Road with all draught beers remaining available at Happy Hour prices.

Director of Rugby, Mike Rayer has placed a key focus on discipline ahead of the Blues away trip against Cornish Pirates this weekend in the opening British and Irish Cup fixture of the season following pleasing performances in his side’s last two outings.  

Bedford overcame Jersey last Saturday to register their first home win of the season having trailed at the break, 3-8.  However a strong second half performance saw Rayer’s men rampage the Islanders’ defence to score three tries and secure a 25-20 victory to leave the team in positive spirits ahead of this Sunday’s match.

Goldington Road was treated to a rollercoaster game in the Greene King IPA Championship on Saturday afternoon as Bedford dug in deep to pick up a deserved win over a defiant Jersey side who battled until the final whistle.

It was a day of threes with three tries for the hosts through James Pritchard, Patrick Tapley and Jake Sharp, three for the visitors via Drew Locke, Nicky Griffiths and Martin Garcia-Veiga and referee Andrew Jackson showing three yellow cards during the 80 minutes to Sam Lockwood, Mike Howard and Mark McCrea.

Bedford return to Goldington Road to face Jersey this weekend following two trips on the road which was the Blues pick up their first victory of the season against Plymouth.

The Blues had been left frustrated after taking two bonus points off London Scottish a fortnight ago, but they took that frustration and turned it into a bonus point victory against Albion thanks to a brace of tries from Dean Adamson and one apiece for Paul Tupai and Pat Tapley.

Now the Blues are looking to continue that good fortune as they welcome Jersey to Goldington Road for the encounter on Saturday afternoon.

After last weekend’s victorious outing away at Plymouth, Bedford Blues Forwards Coach Martin Hynes is confident back on home turf this Saturday and is looking forward to another tight encounter against Jersey at Goldington Road (Kick Off 3pm).

The Blues won their first game of the season last Saturday, scoring four tries to secure an elusive try bonus point to elevate them up the and Championship table. Ahead of this weekend’s clash with the Islanders, the former Northampton Saints front rower maintains that improvement is the key objective and that he is confident the boys are heading in the right direction.

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