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Bedford Blues have named their team to take on Nottingham in the first round of the British & Irish Cup this Sunday at Lady Bay.
 
After six league games, the two teams are evenly matched having won four and lost two and they have an almost identical points for and against record. Games between the two are always hotly contested and much of the same can be expected this weekend.
 

A 34-14 win over Rotherham Titans gave Bedford Blues two victories on the bounce in the Greene King IPA Championship.

The Blues ran in five tries yesterday to give them a bonus point victory, with Dean Adamson and Jordan Burns grabbing a score apiece, before Rich Lane ran in Bedford’s fifth with a superb solo effort.

The game started slowly, with the two sides battling in the midfield and the only real chance of note came in the fourth minute, when Adamson’s kick forward gave the winger something to chase, only for the ball to roll out of bounds.

Tomorrow’s match will also double as the launch of Paul Tupai’s Testimonial Year with a party in the marquee from 6pm with live band, MC Martin Hynes and plenty of fun and games.

Toops’ joined Bedford in 2008 as a fresh faced 32-year-old and has since gone on to play 245 games for the Blues scoring 45 tries in the process, including a memorable hat-trick against the Cornish Pirates in 2014.

Bedford Blues will be looking to make the most of home advantage when Rotherham Titans come to town on Saturday afternoon.

Bedford will be buoyed having overcome Jersey Reds on the road last weekend and now they will be hoping to transfer that winning mentality back to Goldington Road this Saturday.

Looking ahead to the game, Blues Forwards Coach Martin Hynes said: "It may not have been the prettiest of games against Jersey last week but the lads rolled up their sleeves, put in a big shift and came away with four points and you can't ask for much more than that.

The annual Fireworks Display and Funfair is back at Bedford Blues this Friday 3rd November 2017, and ticket sales are now open, buy yours today by clicking here to save £3 on gate prices.

If it is easier to pop into the club, the Followers will be selling Fireworks tickets from the marquee between 12-2 and 4-6pm each day in the week. Last minute sales on Friday will be available from Goldington Road ticket offices.

The club has setup another spectacular display which we hope to attract another sellout attendance.

The Blues return home this weekend, after a victorious trip to Jersey, for another pivotal Championship clash against bottom of the table Rotherham Titans at Goldington Road on Saturday 7th October (Kick Off 3pm). Save £4 and book tickets online here.

Saturday will host the launch of Paul Tupai’s Testimonial Year with a party from 6pm in the Blues Marquee featuring live music from the band Blue Eyed Souls and entertainment from MC Martin Hynes amongst others.

Bedford Blues got back to winning ways on Saturday afternoon as they picked up a very important 13-15 win over Jersey Reds at Stade Santander International, but it should have been more.

The Blues had three good scoring chances deep in the Reds 22 during the game, but three times the home side pinched lineout ball and averted danger before chipping away at a narrow lead that Bedford had installed following a dreary first half.

Speaking after the game, injured player Will Hooley said: "It wasn't a classic and we weren't able to play the fast-flowing rugby that we like, but coming away from Jersey with four points was the important thing. 

Bedford Blues have made four changes to their starting line-up as they look to rediscover winning ways in the Greene King IPA Championship.

Following defeats to table-topping Ealing Trailfinders and Bristol, the Blues are looking to get back on track when they head over to Jersey to face the Reds on Saturday afternoon.

While the newly named Stade Santander International hasn't always been the happiest of hunting grounds for Bedford, clashes between the two clubs have always been exciting affairs and much of the same is expected this weekend.

While there was not a win for the Blues, there was some scintillating attacking rugby on display at Goldington Road on Saturday writes Bedfordshire on Sunday reporter Nick Smith.

Bedford fell to a 38-61 defeat at the hands of promotion favourites Bristol but did themselves no disservice against a side who were just better on the day, inagame which saw 15 tries ran in and 99 points scored.

The visitors got off toaflying start, scoring two tries in the first four minutes, with poor tackling letting the hosts down.

Bedford Blues will be calling on their 16th man this weekend as Bristol visit Goldington Road in Round 4 of the GKIPA Championship season.

Having suffered a first defeat of the campaign to Ealing Trailfinders last weekend, Mike Rayer charges will be looking to bounce back immediately but know that they will need to be at the top of their game as Bristol come to town.

Speaking ahead of the game Rayer said: "We're certainly looking forward to this one and especially off the back of that disappointing seconnd half last week. We allowed Ealing far too much time and space and to their credit, they took it.

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