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Bedford Blues will be looking to end the year on a high as they get set to face Moseley on Boxing Day at Billesley Common.

The Blues and Moseley were involved in a cracking encounter at Goldington Road earlier in the season which saw Bedford racking up a 38-32 win over their Midlands opponents who will certainly be looking for revenge this time around.

Bedford go into the game on the back of a 34-17 British & Irish Cup win over Bristol last weekend which saw the Blues running in five tries against the league leaders in an enthralling encounter.

Bedford Blues hopes of reaching the knock out stages of the British & Irish Cup were boosted on Saturday evening when they picked up a 34-17 bonus point win over Bristol.

Following last Friday’s 52-8 reversal, you could have been forgiven for expecting the worst when Andy Robinson’s men arrived at Goldington Road but the Blues clearly learnt from the previous encounter, cut out the mistakes, reduced the penalty count and ran in five superb tries to seal a thoroughly deserved victory.

After beating Nottingham, three weeks ago by a narrow score, the Blues Academy faced them again, this time playing a much younger side. with 12 changes from the starting line up from three weeks ago.  Nottingham were the better side, more physical in contact, and more clinical in finishing.  They took a 12pts – 5 lead at half time before running out as well deserved winners by 34pts – 15.

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.

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