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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.

Doncaster Knights made another resounding statement in the Greene King IPA Championship a fortnight ago – now they face a Cornish Pirates side that have been extremely resilient at home and are chasing the Blues as the season reaches a climax.

The Pirates have won three league games on the bounce at The Mennaye and will look to recover their form back in Cornwall after back-to-back losses on the road to London Scottish and Yorkshire Carnegie.

The Knights' own run, however, shows no signs of slowing down – now comfortably perched in second after their own success over Carnegie.

Bedford Blues were left ruing missed opportunities on Saturday afternoon as they went down 18-25 to Jersey. You can see all of the tries on Blues TV by clicking HERE.

The Blues had started the game well as they raced into a 12-0 lead thanks to tries form Paul Tupai and Tom Griffiths, but the Islanders kept chipping away and got their noses in front with five minutes to go before running in a late try to wrap things up.

Bedford Blues return to Goldington Road this weekend as Jersey cross over the English Channel in Round 16 of the GKIPA Championship.

It may be Valentine’s weekend, but there won’t be much love in the air come 3pm as the Blues prepare to take on a Jersey side brimming with confidence having only tasted defeat once in their last five games.

Bedford are currently in a purple patch of their own having picked up a valuable win in the final minute of their encounter with Nottingham at Lady Bay last Sunday. Sam Blanchet’s try in the dying seconds was converted by substitute Jake Sharp to keep the Blues 2016 unbeaten record intact.

The Blues return to Goldington Road this Saturday as Jersey arrive in town for another critical Championship clash hoping to end Bedford’s winning run (Kick Off 3pm).

Following Sunday’s magnificent last minute victory over Nottingham thanks to a superb team try finished by Sam Blanchet, Mike Rayer’s troops are searching to make it eight wins on the bounce against a strong Island outfit, currently sat in sixth chasing the play-off positions. 

The 2016 Six Nations is now well underway after the opening weekend and looks set to be one of the tightest competitions for years, so where better to take in the international fixtures than on the screens at Goldington Road.

Next Saturday 13th February as the Blues take on Jersey in the Championship, the Club will screen both France v Ireland and post-game Wales v Scotland in all the bars including the big screen in the marquee.

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