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Bedford Blues kicked off the New Year with a bonus point victory over London Scottish in front of Sky Sports cameras as well as Goldington Road’s biggest crowd of the season, a whopping 4341.

A dominant first half display with tries from Mike Howard, Mark Flanagan, Nick Fenton-Wells and Michael Le Bourgeois secured a bonus point before the interval while Jake Sharp added three conversion before Fenton-Wells – who was awarded the Sky Sports Man of the Match – went over for a second after the break. London Scottish certainly played their part with two tries from Rory Hughes and Chris Walker while a penalty try went their way late on, but nothing would deny the Blues victory.

Bedford Blues will be kicking off 2016 against London Scottish not only in front of the Goldington Road faithful, but also in front of Sky Sports viewers around the world.
 
The Blues head into the New Year's Day fixture - which kicks off at 3.05pm - off the back of a Boxing Day victory over Moseley and a British & Irish Cup win over Bristol.
 
Looking ahead to the game, Blues Backs Coach Paul Larkin said: "While we have enjoyed a good festive period so far, we know that there is a huge task ahead of us against London Scottish who picked up a 24-12 win over us earlier this season. 
 

It’s nearly here, the big bumper New Year’s Day clash against London Scottish at Goldington Road in front of the Sky Sports cameras! Preparations are taking shape, logistics being put in place, on and off-field entertainment scheduled and lots of tickets are still available online and at the gate to help make this Friday another great occasion.

It was a Boxing Day blockbuster at Billesley Common as Bedford Blues came out on the right end of a roller-coaster of a match against Moseley to consolidate their play-off position in the Championship with a 24-31 win, writes Bedfordshire on Sunday.

The Blues eventually out-scored their hosts five tries to four as both sides made light of the blustery conditions to put on a real spectacle for the crowd.

The match turned in the first eight minutes of the second half as two tries by full back Piers O'Conor helped Bedford turn a 14-12 half-time deficit into a 24-14 lead.

Bedford Blues will be looking to end the year on a high as they get set to face Moseley on Boxing Day at Billesley Common.

The Blues and Moseley were involved in a cracking encounter at Goldington Road earlier in the season which saw Bedford racking up a 38-32 win over their Midlands opponents who will certainly be looking for revenge this time around.

Bedford go into the game on the back of a 34-17 British & Irish Cup win over Bristol last weekend which saw the Blues running in five tries against the league leaders in an enthralling encounter.

Bedford Blues hopes of reaching the knock out stages of the British & Irish Cup were boosted on Saturday evening when they picked up a 34-17 bonus point win over Bristol.

Following last Friday’s 52-8 reversal, you could have been forgiven for expecting the worst when Andy Robinson’s men arrived at Goldington Road but the Blues clearly learnt from the previous encounter, cut out the mistakes, reduced the penalty count and ran in five superb tries to seal a thoroughly deserved victory.

Bedford Blues will be looking for an immediate response in the British & Irish Cup after suffering a 52-8 defeat away at Bristol last Friday.

At the midpoint in the pool stages, Bedford face Bristol once again but this time at Goldington Road on Saturday afternoon with the Blues looking to put right the wrongs of last weekend.

The Blues make nine changes from last week’s team with Piers O’Conor, Pat Tapley, Ollie Dodge and Henry Taylor starting in the backs while Alex Lundberg, Biyi Alo, Mark Flanagan, Nick Fenton-Wells and Paul Tupai come into the pack.

Starting line-up:

After Friday’s defeat at the hands of league leaders Bristol Rugby at Ashton Gate, Mike Rayer’s men are focused on a revenge mission against Andy Robinson’s side as Bedford aim to record their second win over the champions elect this Saturday in the British & Irish Cup at Goldington Road (Kick Off 3pm).

The festive fixture is tantalisingly setup with both sides firmly in the race to the knockout stages, the winner will remain in pole position, whilst the loser faces an uphill battle with Ulster joint on points with Bedford on 9, whilst Bristol lead with 10.

Delivery for all online ticket orders for the New Year’s Day match against London Scottish live on Sky Sports will close on Wednesday 23 December at 11am, 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 late delivery.

All online shop orders from stock will close for Christmas delivery on Friday 18 December at 11am, with last postage sent that lunchtime. Alternatively pop to the Christmas Market in Bedford town centre all day on Wednesday 16 December or visit the Club Shop between 10-4 weekdays or this Saturday for the match against Bristol.

There was to be no repeat of the Blues opening day victory at Ashton Gate as they were comprehensively beaten Bristol in the third round of the British & Irish Cup on Friday night.

There was little for Bedford to take from the game with the exception of 12th minute Myles Dorrian penalty and a 79th minute Justin Blanchet try as Bristol controlled proceedings.

The hosts had secured the winning bonus point by half time before adding four more tries after the break to compound Bedford to their third defeat in a row.

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