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Bedford Blues have continued to add to their squad for the 2014/15 Greene King IPA Championship season by signing two new players as well as extending the stay of a front row favourite.
 
Tighthead prop Phil Boulton has signed a new 12 month contract at Goldington Road while the Blues also welcome back former centre Henry Staff from Rosslyn Park as well as clinching the signing of prop Camilo Parilli-Ocampo from Ealing Trailfinders.
 

Goldington Road was bathed in sunshine for the Blues final match of the season. Jersey were incredibly fired up as they would face relegation if they did not win, it was going to be a tough contest! The Visitors started the game with an early 3-15 lead thanks to tries by James Voss and Nick Griffiths, one successfully converted by Aaron Penberthy, also scoring the earlier penalty. Bedford are nothing if not determined, so after a few close attempts they came back with a brilliant try by Harry Wells, and a conversion by James Pritchard.

Following the highs of last season, the current campaign has finished with the Blues tasting home defeat to Jersey who secured their own Championship status thanks to a bonus point 31-41 victory in front of 2659 fans.

It was certainly a back and forth encounter with the visitors streaking into a 3-15 lead thanks to a penalty and tries from James Voss (converted) and Nick Griffiths before a quick fire double from Harry Wells and Ollie Dodge gave Bedford the lead after James Pritchard added the extras to both. Aaron Penberthy – who kicked 21 points in total – added a penalty and then converted Drew Locke’s try to make it 17-25 at the break.

Bedford Blues will be bidding a fond farewell to two of the clubs stalwarts after Saturday's final Greene King IPA Championship game against Jersey at Goldington Road.
 
After amassing 20 years of service between them to the Blues, Sacha Harding and Brendan Burke will be saying goodbye at the end of the season as they play their final game in front of the Goldington Road faithful.
 

Saturday 19th April, 2014. It will be one of those ‘where were you?’ questions for Bedford Blues fans (and a few Pirates ones) when we look back thinking – Do you remember when 39 and half year old Paul Tupai became the oldest Championship player to score a hat-trick?

Yes, you read that right. Toops – who turns 40 in September – racked up an impressive three tries in this exhilarating game which went one way and then the other with 14 tries being scored in total. Scores also came for Nick Auerac, Joe Vandermolen, Tony Fenner, Patrick Tapley and TJ Harris as the Blues reminded the 2365 inside Goldingotn Road that they still love to run the ball in a game of rugby.

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