1st XV News

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.

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