1st XV News

Bedford Blues will be looking to start 2015 in the best possible fashion when they make the trip to Moseley on Saturday afternoon.
 
While 2014 was certainly a mixed year for the Blues, they will be looking to build on recent performances when they visit Billesley Common for a crunch encounter with Mose.
 
Although Bedford slipped to a 24-28 defeat against league leaders Bristol on Boxing Day, there were clear signs that the Blues had rediscovered some of the form that had made them so dangerous in previous seasons.
 

Following an extremely well fought and close game against title favourites Bristol at Goldington Road on Boxing Day, Bedford Blues fly-half Jake Sharp was left disappointed post-match, but excited about the turn of the year and continuing a rich vein of form against both Moseley and Doncaster Knights at the start of 2015.

The Blues just missed out on victory last Friday despite a fantastic performance which saw the boys run in four tries to walk away with both a try and losing bonus point, but the overriding emotion was one of frustration having led 17-7 at half-time.

It was a case of close but no cigar as Bedford Blues gave league leaders Bristol a real run for their money in a classic encounter at Goldington Road on Boxing Day.

If you were one of the 4401 fans inside the ground (and of the Blues persuasion of course) then here is how the game would have gone: Oh no... (0-7). Hang on a second (5-7 try James Pritchard). Yes! (10-7 try Harry Wells). You beauty (17-7 try Adamson, conversion Pritchard). Half time. Blast (17-14). No no no (17-21). Oh please no (17-28). Yesssss (24-28 try Tapley, con Pritchard). COME ON YOU BLUES!!! 

Bedford Blues will be hoping to continue the Christmas celebrations when they welcome table-topping Bristol to Goldington Road on Boxing Day for a huge festive clash.
 
A bumper crowd is expected at the game with the Blues looking to continue their recent good form but they will face their sternest test of the season against Andy Robinson's men who are yet to taste defeat.
 
It was four years ago that the two sides met on the same date and on that encounter Bedford Blues fans helped to clear four inches of snow from the pitch before Mike Rayer's men went on to win the game 39-22.
 

Day 24 of the Blues Advent Calendar and Christmas Eve wishes you season greetings and a very Merry Christmas from all at Bedford Blues.

The Club would like to thank supporters for their loyal backing season in, season out and look forward to welcoming a healthy crowd to Goldington Road on Boxing Day.

Online ticket sales for Boxing Day have now closed, but there will be plenty of tickets available at the gate on match-day and we hope to see the town out in force to cheer on Mike Rayer’s Blues.

Don’t miss out on the big bumper Boxing Day clash against Bristol! Preparations are taking shape, logistics being put in place, on and off-field entertainment scheduled and lots of tickets are still available on the gate to help make this Boxing Day another great occasion.

Ticket pre-sales have been going well at the Blues with lots of supporters taking advantage of the online advance discount which closes on Wednesday 24 December at 9am, but if you’ve haven’t purchased yours yet, fear not – there are plenty of tickets available on the gate with zero risk of not getting in.

Delivery for all online ticket orders for the Bristol match on Boxing Day will close this Thursday 18 December, but fear not all subsequent ticket orders after this date will be placed on the ticket collection window for match-day rather than running the risk of arrival later than Christmas Day.

All online shop orders from stock will also close for Christmas delivery on Wednesday 17 December at 12 noon, with last postage sent the morning of Thursday 18 December. However any online shop orders placed after this date will be available to collect from either the Christmas Market in Bedford town centre this Saturday or from the Club General Office.

Bedford Blues fans can have themselves a merry little Christmas following an absolute cracker of a game at Goldington Road on Saturday afternoon as the home side put on a superb performance to win 41-40.

A brace of tries from Paul Tupai along with one apiece for Dean Adamson, Pat Tapley and James Pritchard – who also converted all five as well as two conversions – ensured that the Blues won in a game that was tense throughout.

Stick around after the match on Saturday to join the Christmas celebrations as Bedford Blues host a variety of post-match entertainment in the Blues Marquee following the final whistle with live music and a Christmas Forum.

Musician Mark Calder will be getting the party started with his guitar and a few chosen tunes to keep everyone in the festive mood before we unleash forwards coach and part-time MC Martin Hynes on the crowd, you may even see a duet dependant on the mood.  

It’s the sixth and final round of the British & Irish Cup and Bedford Blues know that they will have to continue with their improvement when the Cornish Pirates visit Goldington Road on Saturday afternoon.
 
Games between the two sides are normally close affairs but when Bedford travelled to Penzance three weeks ago they were on the wrong end of a 65-14 score line. It was an extremely long journey home that weekend, but the Blues have dusted themselves down and are now preparing to put things right on the field.
 

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