1st XV News

Bedford Blues fullback Piers O'Conor has been nominated for The Greene King IPA Championship Player of the Month for February and he needs your vote to take the title.

O’Conor has proven to be a revelation for the Blues during their march back to the top four of the Championship table. After playing for England in the World Rugby U20 Championship final last June, O’Conor has kept the likes of club stalwarts James Pritchard and Steffan Jones out of the club’s fullback shirt. Already touching down seven times this season including against Ealing Trailfinders at the weekend, his electrifying pace suggests he’ll have plenty more to add to that tally before the campaign concludes.

As much as I don’t want to say it, it really was a game of two halves at Goldington Road on Saturday afternoon as Bedford Blues recovered from 7-24 down to beat Ealing Trailfinders 33-24.

Despite a second minute try, the Blues were on the back foot during the opening 40 with a resurgent Ealing running in three converted tries and a penalty to lead by 17 at the break.

Whatever was said at the interval had the desired effect as Bedford shut up shop in defence and scored four tries to win the game and send their fans home happy.

Bedford Blues return to Goldington Road this weekend for a crucial Greene King IPA Championship game against Ealing Trailfinders.

The Blues head into the encounter off the back of two league defeats to Jersey and Rotherham, and they know that Ealing will be fighting for everything as they try to put some light between themselves and Moseley at the bottom of the table.

Bedford have been left disappointed with their last two league outings, but will be doing everything that they can to get back on track as they look to finish the season on a high.

This Saturday’s big shop sale item will be an official Blues Hoodie with 20% off both the original and full zip hoodies only available on match day v Ealing Trailfinders.

Each remaining home game the Blues Shop will feature one big sale item to get your hands on and this weekend’s represents a fantastic bargain for one of the Blues’ best-selling leisurewear garments..

The 20% discount of all in stock adults and kids hoodies equals a saving of nearly £10 off the adult range. Just pop into the Club Shop on match day to take advantage.

This weekend’s visitors Ealing Trailfinders struck a huge blow in the Greene King IPA Championship's battle of the bottom last weekend – and they now arrive in Bedford in search for some much-needed consistency and successive league wins.

Ealing not only beat Moseley but beat them handsomely in Round 17, with a 55-15 bonus-point win – including four tries from winger Rhys Crane – enough to lift them two points above the West Midlands side.

But they're far from safe yet and now travel to a Blues side that snatched a 23-21 victory on Ealing's home turf back in October.

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