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Bedford Blues will be looking for an immediate response in the British & Irish Cup after suffering a 52-8 defeat away at Bristol last Friday.

At the midpoint in the pool stages, Bedford face Bristol once again but this time at Goldington Road on Saturday afternoon with the Blues looking to put right the wrongs of last weekend.

The Blues make nine changes from last week’s team with Piers O’Conor, Pat Tapley, Ollie Dodge and Henry Taylor starting in the backs while Alex Lundberg, Biyi Alo, Mark Flanagan, Nick Fenton-Wells and Paul Tupai come into the pack.

Starting line-up:

STOP PRESS.  Bedford 15pts. Notttingham 34pts.  Report to follow.

Bedford Academy welcome Nottingham Academy to Bedford on Saturday.  With the Blues at home against Bristol the Academy game is at the Bedford Swifts’ ground with Kick Off at 12.30pm.

Bedford had a narrow win against Nottingham three weeks ago (12pts – 8).  This second game, although still an Under 19 game, has been set up to allow both sides to include a number of younger players.

After Friday’s defeat at the hands of league leaders Bristol Rugby at Ashton Gate, Mike Rayer’s men are focused on a revenge mission against Andy Robinson’s side as Bedford aim to record their second win over the champions elect this Saturday in the British & Irish Cup at Goldington Road (Kick Off 3pm).

The festive fixture is tantalisingly setup with both sides firmly in the race to the knockout stages, the winner will remain in pole position, whilst the loser faces an uphill battle with Ulster joint on points with Bedford on 9, whilst Bristol lead with 10.

Delivery for all online ticket orders for the New Year’s Day match against London Scottish live on Sky Sports will close on Wednesday 23 December at 11am, but fear not all subsequent ticket orders after this date will be placed on the ticket collection window for match-day rather than running the risk of late delivery.

All online shop orders from stock will close for Christmas delivery on Friday 18 December at 11am, with last postage sent that lunchtime. Alternatively pop to the Christmas Market in Bedford town centre all day on Wednesday 16 December or visit the Club Shop between 10-4 weekdays or this Saturday for the match against Bristol.

There was to be no repeat of the Blues opening day victory at Ashton Gate as they were comprehensively beaten Bristol in the third round of the British & Irish Cup on Friday night.

There was little for Bedford to take from the game with the exception of 12th minute Myles Dorrian penalty and a 79th minute Justin Blanchet try as Bristol controlled proceedings.

The hosts had secured the winning bonus point by half time before adding four more tries after the break to compound Bedford to their third defeat in a row.

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