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Following Friday’s fantastic away win in Belfast over Ulster, Bedford Blues are gearing up for an all-important fixture this Saturday at home to Scarlets Select with a win guaranteeing themselves a British & Irish Cup Quarter Final spot – and we need our 16th man (KO 2pm).

Four wins out of five leave Mike Rayer’s men in strong contention for the knockout stages of this year’s Cup campaign with only a win keeping the progression in their own hands. Whilst a slip-up from Yorkshire Carnegie, London Welsh or Doncaster Knights could equal a home tie next up, but the Blues players are only focussed on their own challenge.

Bedford Blues took a big step towards the British & Irish Cup quarter-final as they defeated Ulster A 17-22 at Deramore Park on Friday night.

On a freezing cold evening in Belfast and on a true quagmire of a pitch, Bedford racked up four tries through Phil Boulton, Dean Adamson, Henry Staff and Steffan Jones to secure a vital bonus point.

The hosts brightly and used an effective kicking game to try and pin the Blues back during the early exchanges but Bedford soaked up the pressure with the scrum putting in a huge shift five metres from their own line to win a penalty and clear the early danger.

Bedford Blues will be crossing the Irish Sea on Friday as they head to Belfast to face Ulster A in the British and Irish Cup.

The Blues will be looking to build on their recent form which has seen them pick up wins against London Scottish, Moseley and Bristol over the festive period and a victory in Belfast would put Bedford in a strong position for reaching the quarter-finals of the cup.

Bedford head to Northern Ireland without Mike Howard who has been ruled out for at least six weeks with ankle ligament damage.

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.

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