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Bedford Blues are pleased to announce an additional shirt sponsor for the start of 2016 with the first sponsorship coverage screened live on Sky Sports on New Year’s Day against London Scottish.

No stranger to the Blues Sponsorship family with many years of fantastic support, Dovecote Park have further supported the Club with their corporate logo printed on the right arm sleeve above the Charles Wells’ Eagle badge for the rest of the season.

Bedford Blues can confirm that their final Pool 2 game of the B&I Cup against Scarlets Select will now kick off at 2pm on Saturday 23 January.
 
The change from 3pm means that all pool games being played on the Saturday will kick off at the same time while three games will have already taken place the previous evening.
 
Mike Rayer's men currently sit top of Pool 2, four points ahead of Bristol and five ahead of this weekend’s opponents Ulster A. The final fixture could likely prove decisive as Bedford aim to reach the quarter-final stage of the British & Irish Cup for the first time since 2013.

Bedford Blues presented a cheque for £5,000 to Cancer Research UK on New Year’s Day following the celebration of another fantastic Ladies Day on Saturday 21st November as Ulster Ravens visited Goldington Road in the British & Irish Cup.

With the Blues picking up an excellent win on the field, the fans certainly did their bit off the pitch as a staggering £5,000 was raised for Cancer Research.

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. 
 

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