1st XV News

A seven minute first half blitz from the hosts gave Bedford an uphill challenge that they couldn't quite come back from as they fell 36-16 to Ealing Trailfinders on Saturday afternoon.

Nine points from Will Hooley’s boot along with a converted Michael Le Bourgeois try was the consolation for the Blues but the damage was done by quick Ealing backs who exploited the smallest of spaces.

The Blues have enjoyed a fine season but it just wasn't to be the swan song they wanted in West London despite Vallis Way feeling more like Goldington Road thanks to an army of travelling fans who outnumbered the home contingent.

Bedford Blues have named their team to face Ealing Trailfinders in the semi-final of the British & Irish Cup this weekend.
 
Ealing have two wins over the Blues in the league this season, but only a single point separated the two teams when they met at Goldington Road at the end of December and Bedford will be looking to turn that deficit into surplus come full time on Saturday evening.
 

Bedford Blues are delighted to announce the signing of Ealing Trailfinders lock Oli Curry who will make the move to Goldington Road this summer.
 
Second-row Curry joined the Trailfinders ahead of the current campaign from Rotherham Titans where he scored one try in 19 appearances for the South Yorkshire side. 
 

There was an air of Groundhog Day at Goldington Road as Cornish Pirates came a plundering with their Number Eight scoring a hat-trick of tries during a 29-34 win for the visitors.

Almost a year to the day, the Blues and Pirates played out an enthralling 40 all draw down at the Mennaye with Duncan crossing the whitewash three times that afternoon as well.

It wasn’t all doom and gloom for the Blues though as they remain in third place thanks to a late penalty securing a losing bonus point while a Jordan Burns hat-trick and one for Howard Packman sealed the try bonus as well.

Bedford Blues are expecting one of their toughest games of the season when they welcome Cornish Pirates to Goldington Road on Saturday afternoon.

It'll be third v fourth in the Greene King IPA Championship with both teams enjoying a good run of form. Bedford have won their last five games in all competitions while the Pirates have five wins out of six with the only blot being a B&I Cup quarter-final loss to Ealing Trailfinders.

Encounters between the two sides are always closely contested affairs with the reversal in December going the way of the Cornishmen who won 24-17 with Dean Adamson, Rich Lane and Elliot Clement-Hill scoring for Bedford.

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