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Bedford Blues fullback Piers O'Conor has been nominated for The Greene King IPA Championship Player of the Month for February and he needs your vote to take the title.

O’Conor has proven to be a revelation for the Blues during their march back to the top four of the Championship table. After playing for England in the World Rugby U20 Championship final last June, O’Conor has kept the likes of club stalwarts James Pritchard and Steffan Jones out of the club’s fullback shirt. Already touching down seven times this season including against Ealing Trailfinders at the weekend, his electrifying pace suggests he’ll have plenty more to add to that tally before the campaign concludes.

As much as I don’t want to say it, it really was a game of two halves at Goldington Road on Saturday afternoon as Bedford Blues recovered from 7-24 down to beat Ealing Trailfinders 33-24.

Despite a second minute try, the Blues were on the back foot during the opening 40 with a resurgent Ealing running in three converted tries and a penalty to lead by 17 at the break.

Whatever was said at the interval had the desired effect as Bedford shut up shop in defence and scored four tries to win the game and send their fans home happy.

After a strong start the Blues Academy went in at half time 12 pts all, before allowing Ealing in to the game in a mistake ridden 2nd half, to see Ealing win by 22pts – 12.

Bedford started well showing strong running and good support play.  With the Blues pack on top they were first to score when, from a tap penalty, hooker Charlie Robinson drove over from close range.  Ealing responded straight from the kick off.  They won a lineout on the Blues 22, and the Ealing scrum half made 20 metres before he was stopped. 

Bedford Blues return to Goldington Road this weekend for a crucial Greene King IPA Championship game against Ealing Trailfinders.

The Blues head into the encounter off the back of two league defeats to Jersey and Rotherham, and they know that Ealing will be fighting for everything as they try to put some light between themselves and Moseley at the bottom of the table.

Bedford have been left disappointed with their last two league outings, but will be doing everything that they can to get back on track as they look to finish the season on a high.

With the Blues first team at home to Ealing Trailfinders at Goldington Road, the Blues Academy U19s travel to take on the Ealing Academy U20 side on the same day in the capital.

With a number of players out due to injury, the Blues make six changes to the starting line-up that played Loughborough University in their last game. 

In the pack Ben Thompson starts at prop, Reuben Pritchard starts at flanker with Charley Harvey and Mozez Gunda returning from injury in the second row and at No.8 respectively.  In the back line Max McMinn starts at fly half and Paul Aguele returns at centre.

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