1st XV News

Goldington Road will once again host the end of season East Midlands Cup Final as the local clubs battle for cup honours as the curtain comes down on the end of another campaign on Tuesday 30th April (KO 7:30pm).

Bedford Athletic who are the current holders of the cup, will be looking to defend their title having won against the odds last season defeating Peterborough Lions by 30 points to 19. 

Their opponents this season will be the other Peterborough club who having slumped in recent years are now on the comeback trail with a very respectable fourth place finish this season in Midlands One East. 

Bedford were on the wrong end of a 54-21 score line on Saturday afternoon against a rampant Ealing Trailfinders.

While the Blues scored three good tries through Dean Adamson, James Lennon and Pat Tapley, they conceded eight in the process against the side who had seen their Premiership ambitions thwarted 24 hours earlier when London Irish secured the Championship title with a win at Richmond.

The home side started impressively and secured the try bonus point within half an hour. Rayn Smid crossed in the 12th minute before a Will Harries double made it 21-0 as Craig Willis converted all three.

Bedford Blues have named their squad for the penultimate Greene King IPA Championship fixture against Ealing Trailfinders on Saturday afternoon.

Trips to Vallis Way are notoriously tough, particularly with the home side still chasing promotion, but the Blues arrive off the back of a hard fought victory over Richmond and with the added bonus of a win over the hosts earlier in the season.

Tries from Chris Czekaj and Dean Adamson as well as 13 points from the boot of Will Hooley helped secure a 23-18 victory at Goldington Road back in January, but Bedford are expecting a huge challenge as Trailfinders look to chase down London Irish.

Good things come in threes and it is the case once again for Bedford Blues as they confirm a trio of names for next season’s squad.

Fly half Sam Leeming will be swapping the red of Hartpury for the Blue of Bedford following four years at the Gillman’s Ground while backs Ed Coulson and Pat Tapley have both put pen to paper on new deals to remain at Goldington Road.

Speaking about the captures, Blues Director of Rugby Mike Rayer said: “We are really excited about the shape of the squad so far. Being able to welcome Sam as well as having Pat and Ed signed up is wonderful news.

Bedford Blues ran in six tries during an entertaining afternoon of rugby at Goldington Road on Saturday afternoon, but they still had to dig deep to beat Richmond 41-35.

Watch Matt Worley reflect on the game and all of the scores HERE.

Bedford Blues have named their team to face Richmond at Goldington Road this Saturday in Round 20 of the Greene King IPA Championship.

Following a narrow defeat at Hartpury a fortnight ago, the Blues are looking to bounce back against the side from south west London but know they are in for a huge challenge with the visitors fighting for their league survival.

The two teams played out an enthralling contest earlier in the season in front of the Sky Sports cameras at the Richmond Athletic Ground. The game ended in an 11-27 victory for the Blues, but it was a lot closer than the scoreline suggested and much of the same is expected.

A whopping 1549 people were at Goldington Road on Wednesday night to honour the memory of Lt Col Edgar Mobbs in another pulsating game against the British Army which ended 52-31 to Bedford.

After soaking up some early pressure, a knock on gave the Blues an attacking scrum and they scored a super try in the third minute as Connor Tupai broke down the blindside before Ed Coulson turned on the gas to give Pat Tapley a simple run in to the corner with Harry Sheppard striking a wonderful conversion.

Bedford Blues will be mixing youth with experience on Wednesday night when they welcome the Army to Goldington Road for the Mobbs Memorial game.

First played in 1921, the Mobbs Memorial game honours Lieutenant Colonel Edgar Mobbs DSO, a true England rugby legend and a genuine hero of World War I. Formerly competed between the East Midlands and the Barbarians, the game now pits the British Army against Bedford Blues and Northampton Saints on alternate years and this year the match falls on Blues’ turf.

The action doesn’t stop at Goldington Road with a double home match week! Greene King IPA Championship rugby makes its return to Goldington Road this Saturday 13th April as the Blues look to bounce back with a victory over bottom placed Richmond (KO 3pm). Book online discounted tickets here

Bedford Blues are delighted to announce the capture of three new players for the 2019/20 Greene King IPA Championship season.

Arriving at Goldington Road in the summer will be scrum half Grayson Hart from London Scottish, hooker Robbie Smith from Glasgow Warriors and prop Joe Wrafter from Birmingham Moseley.

Speaking about the new arrivals, Blues Director of Rugby Mike Rayer said: "The squad for next season is really starting to take shape and I'm thrilled to be able to welcome a mixture of experience and youth to the ranks.

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