Bedford Blues started their Championship campaign with a 19-10 defeat away at Nottingham on Friday night. A debut try in the first half from Tom Williams wasn’t enough for victory as the boot of Will Maisey kicked 14 points for Nottingham. However the first half was overshadowed by a horrific injury to Nathan Earle, with the 19-year-old winger having to be stretchered off with a suspected snapped Achilles.
James Pritchard kicked off for the Blues at Meadow Lane, with both teams looking to gain territory early on via a kicking game. Nottingham though won that battle early on and laid down a marker for how most of the match was to be contested.