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For a fourth time this season, Bedford Blues were edged out by the smallest of margins as the Cornish Pirates picked up a 16-13 win at the Mennaye Field on Sunday afternoon.

Constant drizzle did nothing to assist either side over the 80 minutes but this was a well fought contest between two pretty evenly matched teams. In the end, it was a single penalty that separated the two.

The match was only minutes old when assistant referee Dino Maddern was forced off with an injury but once the game was underway for a second time it was a full-bloodied contest right up until the last minute.

After good wins in the last two weeks, against Ealing and Nottingham, the Blues Academy face a much tougher challenge against the older Cambridge Univeristy U21 XV, at Goldington Road on Saturday November 9th, Kick Off 2.30pm.

Cambridge, who are preparing for their Varsity game at Twickenham in early December, had good wins recently against Moseley U21 XV and Bath University.  The University side, who will be on average two years older than the Blues, will present a tough physical challenge for  Bedford.

Sunday proved to be another frustrating afternoon for the Bedford Blues players and coaches as a late Matt Jarvis penalty secured the win for Nottingham at Meadow Lane.

Bedford got off to the best possible start when Paul Tupai bundled over from close range but when Joe Munro charged down Brendan Burke's attempted clearance kick to score a couple of minutes later to score, it was always going to be one of those afternoon's.

James Pritchard converted two penalties and Jarvis replied with one of his own to make it 10-11 before Nick Fenton-Wells rounded off a good forwards try with the skipper adding the extras at the interval.

Bedford Blues limped to their fifth defeat of the season at Nottingham this afternoon as late penalty earned the Green & Whites a last-gasp 26-24 victory.

Poor decision-making and infringements once again cost the Blues as they let victory slip through their fingers at Meadow Lane.

With neither side firing on all cylinders, neither eighth placed Bedford or 11th placed Nottingham achieved any sustained periods of ascendancy during the 80 minutes.

For the Blues it was an afternoon of prolonged malfunction as both of the hosts’ tries came from Blues mistakes, while all of Matt Jarvis’ penalties seemed to stem from players needlessly infringing.

The Blues Academy won the first game of the "double header" weekend against Nottingham.  Although slow to get into gear the Blues scored seven tries to produce a convincing performance to win by 43pts - 12, and set the scene for the Blues Championship game away at Nottingham on Sunday. 

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