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Bedford Blues went through a hugely attritional 80 minutes on Saturday afternoon, but they dug in deep to pick up a 41-32 bonus point win over Doncaster Knights.

A brace of tries for Rich Lane and one apiece for Tom Lindsay and Lee Dickson set the Blues on their way while Will Hooley kicked 18 points and Harry Sheppard slotted a late penalty to deny the visitors a second bonus point.

Games between the Blues and Knights are always tight affairs and it was clear that this would be the case from the opening whistle.

Bedford Blues will run out for the first time in three weeks when they welcome Doncaster Knights to Goldington Road on Saturday afternoon.
 
The Blues were denied a fixture last weekend when the so-called 'Beast from the East part two' descended on Nottingham leaving the pitch unplayable. The postponement meant that Bedford had not been in action since Saturday 3rd March when they defeated Yorkshire Carnegie 41-22.
 

Bedford Blues return home this Saturday 24th March for another crucial encounter against Doncaster Knights as the visitors attempt to leapfrog Mike Rayer’s men (KO 3pm).

The Blues lead the race for third position in the table after the Knights slipped up at Castle Park versus Richmond at the weekend and Yorkshire, similarly to Bedford’s planned trip to Nottingham, postponed their fixture against Ealing due to inclement weather.

Big wins for Cornish Pirates and Jersey have elevated both sides in the table and there is now only four points or one victory separating third and seventh in the Championship table.

Nottingham Rugby have confirmed that today's (Sunday) Greene King IPA Championship game at Lady Bay has had to be postponed due to the inclement weather.

With snow coming down overnight, the decision was made on Sunday morning to postpone the game.

Information in regards to a rearranged date for the fixture will follow soon along with any details about pre-bought tickets.

Bedford return to action on Saturday 24th March when we welcome Doncaster Knights to Goldington Road.

Bedford make just two changes from the team that defeated Yorkshire Bedford Blues have named their team to head up the M1 to face Nottingham  on Sunday afternoon in what will be their fourth meeting this season.

Despite the Blues having racked up three victories over their East Midlands rivals, past results count for nothing when the whistle blows at 3pm at Lady Bay.

Bedford head into the game off the back of an impressive 41-22 win over Yorkshire Carnegie which saw the Blues leap up to third place in the Championship after 17 rounds of the campaign.

Blues Community are pleased to announce another three-day rugby camp for the Easter Holidays on the 3rd, 4th and 5th of next month for children of all ages at Goldington Road, click here to book your place. 

The camp will be led under the ongoing coaching direction of ‘Learn to Play the Blues way’ with current first team Blues players taking some of the sessions and Head of Community Jon Phillips.

The Committee of the Paul Tupai ‘Toops’ Testimonial are delighted to launch his Celebration Dinner in the Blues Marquee on Friday 27th April.

An evening of fantastic food and entertainment, featuring a Q&A with Toops and special guest Dylan Hartley along with top comedian Rod Woodward, is guaranteed in honour of a Blues legend.

Welcome drinks will be served from 7pm before a superb four-course menu, entertainment led throughout the night by MC Sam Roberts and audio-visual displays as guests reminisce over the incredible playing career of ‘Toops’. There will be a raffle and auction including some unbelievable prizes.  

Bedford Blues can confirm that hooker Tom Lindsay will be joining Bristol Rugby for the 2018/19 season.

Tom arrived at Goldington Road during the summer of 2017 and has been in splendid form throughout the campaign.

Bedford Blues Director of Rugby Mike Rayer said: "Tom has been brilliant for us this season and now gets his reward by with an opportunity to join Bristol next season, which will no doubt be in the Premiership. While we will be disappointed to see him leave, he goes with our thanks and very best wishes for the future."

Dear Blues fans; at around 6pm last Saturday, I was stood in the Blues Marquee with a large smile on my face. We'd just racked up a fantastic bonus point win over Yorkshire Carnegie in a game that looked like it wouldn’t even go ahead!

Just over a week earlier, we had seen the forecast and the impending 'Beast from the East' due to descend on the UK bringing snow, wind and all sorts of chaos. As such, Mike Rayer and the team made the decision to cover the Goldington Road pitch and brace ourselves for what was to come. And boy did it come!

The 2018 Natwest Six Nations is well underway with Super Saturday on the horizon as the competition reaches a climax on Saturday 17th March and you can watch it all at Goldington Road.

Following the last round of fixtures Ireland lead the Six Nations tournament and now lead a one-horse race for the Grand Slam with England still chasing the Championship crown after losing to Scotland.

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