There is always a buzz about Goldington Road when it’s Friday Night Lights and Bedford Blues repaid the 2574 faithful fans who turned out with an evening of running rugby and fine tries as they defeated Rotherham Titans 46-28.

Two for Jordan Burns, two for Henry Staff, a penalty try and one Piers O’Conor along with 16 points from Jake Sharps boot did the damage although the visitors – who had trailed 41-0, did rally to secure a try bonus point.

The Blues Academy travelled to Cambridge for their second game against an older students side in a week, to face the Cambridge University LX Club (the University’s 2nd XV) at Grange Road, Cambridge.  After a tight first half the Blues were 14pts - 5 down, before playing some good rugby in the 2nd half of an entertaining game to beat the University by 29pts – 24 at Grange Road, Cambridge.

The Blues Academy travel to Cambridge for their second game against an older students side in a week.  They take on the Cambridge University LX Club (the University’s 2nd XV) on Saturday October 14th at Grange Road, Cambridge.  KO is 2.00 pm.

Bedford make eight changes to their starting lineup (one positional) with hooker Michael Bond, prop Jack Culverhouse, flanker JonJo Fanning, scrumhalf Dylan Leney, fly-half Ben Phillips, centre Paul Aguele and full back Liam Shields all starting, and Jacob Moody moving to 2nd row. 

Bedford Blues will be looking forward to a return to Goldington Road as they prepare to take on Rotherham Titans under the Friday Night Lights.

The Blues went down 34-27 during a back and forth game in Jersey last Saturday, but more concerning were the number of injuries that were picked up during the encounter. Michael Le Bourgeois, Sam Blanchet, Ollie Dodge, Camilo Parilli-Ocampo (all concussion), Henry Taylor (ankle) and Phil Boulton (back) are all ruled out of action for Friday’s game.

Rotherham have held the upper hand in recent fixtures so the Blues will have to go some to force a change in fortunes

Friday night lights return to Goldington Road this Friday 16th October with an added Beer Festival in the Blues Marquee as Mike Rayer’s men prepare to face Rotherham Titans (Kick Off 7:45pm).

Following narrow defeat against Jersey last time out, the Blues will be hoping to bounce straight back against the Yorkshiremen, who have also endured a mixed start to the season following successive play-off appearance in the past two campaigns.

Bedford Blues tasted defeat on the road against Jersey on Saturday afternoon, but it was one hell of a game that really could have gone either way.

The Blues scored three tries with two coming from Dean Adamson and one from Mike Howard, but the home team made good use of their forwards to snatch the win with a fourth try before the Blues threw the kitchen sink at the hosts late on.

With Bedford slow to start, Loughborough students scored three first half tries to lead by 15pts – 0 at half time.  Bedford improved their performance in the last half hour to narrow the gap before losing by 25pts – 17. 

The first 20 minutes was a succession of errors from both sides, with poor discipline from the Blues gifting L’boro a string of penalties and field position.  Loughborough scored their first try after 25 minutes when full back Jack Stapley (who was with the Blues Academy last season) scored on the blind side.  L’boro scored two further tries in the next 10 minutes to lead by 15pts – 0 at half time.

Bedford Blues will be looking to continue their good form as they head across the English Channel on Saturday to face Jersey at St Peter’s.

The Blues have won three out of five in the Greene King IPA Championship with the latest victory being against Nottingham at Goldington Road last weekend which saw an outstanding defence display going a long way to securing the points.

Games between Jersey and Bedford are always hard fought affairs but St Peter’s is a ground that the players enjoy playing on and the fans love visiting.

The Blues Academy welcome Loughborough University U21 XV to Goldington Road on Saturday – KO 2.00 pm.

Making their debuts for the Blues Academy in the starting lineup are ex-Millfield School prop, Henry Peck, Portugal U18 international centre Jose Fernandes and ex-St.Joseph’s College Ipswich wing, Ross Taylor.  Hoping to make their debuts off the bench are ex-Junior Blue 2nd row, Kyron Houston, Wotton School flanker, Tim Herbert, and ex-Llandovery College fly half, Ben Phillips.  The side will be captained by prop Charley Robinson.

Bedford Blues’ annual Fireworks Display and Funfair will be back on Friday 6th November 2015 at Goldington Road, and is set to be bigger and better than ever!

Gates open on the evening at 6pm for an action packed, fun filled evening of loud and colourful entertainment, once again sponsored by Progress Skoda. Book early to avoid disappointment following the success of last year.



Next Home Match

Saturday 5th December
1st XV Championship
Goldington Road