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Bedford Blues head back into British & Irish Cup action this weekend with a trip to South Wales to face Cross Keys at Pandy Park.
 
When the two teams met at Goldington Road back in October it was the visitors who took the spoils with a stoppage time try which was converted to give Cross Keys a 22-23 win. Despite losing to Doncaster Knights last Friday, the Blues will be hoping to bounce straight back and gain momentum as they look ahead to a packed Christmas programme.
 

With a display of grit and determination being shown by both sides, Bedford Academy beat Saracens Academy by 22 pts – 17 under lights at Goldington Road in a quality game of rugby. 

Ahead by 8 pts – 7 at half time, the Blues took a lead of 22pts – 12 midway through the second half, before outstanding defence held out a Saracens come back until the last play of the game, to give Bedford a deserved 22pts – 17 win against the RFU funded Academy.

It is with great sadness that the Club has heard and wishes to inform that one of its most famous former players R.H. 'Tich' Haynes has passed away.

Mr. Haynes, more commonly known as 'Tich', played 155 games for the Blues between the years of 1943-54, scoring 597 points along the way. The outside-half made his club debut in the Easter of 1943 and went on to become one of the Club greats with an outstanding partnership with Bedford School scrum-half Murray Fletcher. He later became Team Secretary from 1966-1970, Chairman of Selectors and latterly Club President from 1980-81 before being further recognised as an Honorary Life Member of the Club.

Bedford Blues attempts to bounce back from a disappointing defeat in Penzance last weekend were thwarted by a stubborn Doncaster Knights side who all but booked their place in the next round of the British & Irish Cup with a 15-17 win at Goldington Road on Friday night.

Losing 65-14 to Cornish Pirates had been a massive blow and the Blues wanted to give the 2002 fans who came through the Goldington Road gates something to celebrate and while tries from Hayden Thompson-Stringer and Henry Staff were greeted with huge cheers, the boot of Dougie Flockhart meant that the visitors took the spoils.

Bedford Blues are looking to bounce straight back from their Championship defeat at Cornish Pirates when they welcome Doncaster Knights to Goldington Road on Friday evening in the British & Irish Cup.

Bedford still have an outside chance of qualifying for the second round of the British & Irish Cup and they would need a convincing win over the unbeaten Knights to boost that possibility.

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