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It was to be a frustrating afternoon at Goldington Road as Bedford Blues tasted defeat against Nottingham with an 80th minute Darryl Veenendaal conversion winning it for the Green and Whites.

The Blues, in truth, were fortunate to be ahead at that point in the game after a disappointing end to the first 40 minutes and a miserable start to the second half second half had seen the visitors come from 22-0 down to lead 22-29. Tom James and Piers O’Conor crossed in the final ten minutes to give the Blues a slender lead before Tobias Freeman galloped over and former Blue Veenendaal sealed the win.

*The Blues have been forced to make a late change as Myles Dorrian is ruled out of today's game with an injury. He's replaced on the bench by Jason Hill.

Bedford Blues make a welcome return to Goldington Road this weekend with the expectation of plenty of fireworks on the pitch as Nottingham pay a visit in the Greene King IPA Championship.

Games between the Blues and Nottingham are much anticipated and full-bloodied affairs with both teams happy to play the conditions while looking for the opportunity to throw the ball around.

Bedford Blues are hoping for Fireworks on Friday night and Saturday afternoon, on the pitch that is, as Nottingham Rugby arrive for a pivotal clash with both sides needing a win to lift them up the Championship table this Saturday at Goldington Road (KO 3pm).

Blues and their visitors, the Green and Whites, lay near the bottom of the standings, but with only six points separating 11th from the play-off spots there is still plenty of time for a mount a challenge towards the top, and a win this Saturday would certainly help.

Bedford Blues put in a huge second half fightback against high flying Ealing Trailfinders at Vallis Way on Saturday afternoon but they came up just a point short.

Trailing 17-3 at the interval, penalties from Myles Dorrian along with a converted Ollie Dodge try brought the Blues back into the game, but the home side went further ahead with a try ten minutes from time. The Blues kept knocking on the door and got their reward with a George Edgson try on the stroke of 80 minutes which ensured that Bedford left with a losing bonus. 

After a two week British & Irish Cup break, Blues return to action on Saturday afternoon as they travel to the capital to take on Ealing Trailfinders at Vallis Way.

Bedford had shaken off their early season ring rust with two league victories over Richmond and Rotherham which they followed up with a win over the Dragons Premiership Select XV before being beaten in the Cup by Yorkshire Carnegie last weekend.

The hosts have made a solid start to the season and currently lie in fifth position with Bedford trailing them by four points and the Blues know Ealing have had some notable victories so far this season.

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