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Following Sunday’s disappointment in Cornwall as the Blues fell to a last minute one point loss to Pirates, Mike Rayer’s men need the town out in force this Saturday at Goldington Road as they prepare to face second placed Doncaster Knights (Kick Off 3pm).

The match featuring two of the top four is tantalisingly setup with Bedford looking to extend their unbeaten run of home wins as well as continuing to entertain the crowds with quick, expansive rugby that has seen them score eight more tries in the backs than the next nearest competitor.

Bedford Blues suffered an agonising defeat at the Mennaye Field on Sunday afternoon as the Cornish Pirates scored a late, late converted try to secure a 32-31 win.

Despite having to dig very deep in the second half, the Blues looked to be heading home with a bonus point win after Pat Tapley, Tom Griffiths, Joel Conlon and Mike Le Bourgeois had all crossed the whitewash with Myles Dorrian converting all four plus a penalty. But the Pirates pressed until the very end and got their reward as Alex Cheeseman scored from close range before Laurence May converted to seal victory.

On a blustery day at Goldington Road, the Blues Academy were in the lead for only one second of the game, but it was the final second of the game. 

With strong gusting winds making it difficult for both sides to establish any rhythm neither side could score in the first half.  Both sides were well matched, and found it difficult to break the line.

Bedford Blues return to Championship action this weekend with the customary trip to Penzance as they face the Cornish Pirates on Sunday afternoon.

Games between the clubs are always hotly contested and league position will mean nothing when the two go head-to-head at the Mennaye Field.

The Blues Academy welcome Nottingham Academy to Goldington Road on Sunday, KO 2.00 pm.

The Blues continue their policy of squad rotation and make ten changes (two of them positional) to the starting line that beat Oxford University Whippets last weekend.

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