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As the fuzzy heads start to clear and we say a warm hello to 2014 it seems an appropriate time to take a look back at what has been a quite fantastic 12 months in the history of Bedford Blues Rugby Club.

No one will have any doubt about what the highlight of the year was when – after three times trying – we final got over the final hurdle to reach the Championship Final. Sadly, Newcastle proved too strong over the two legs but the town of Bedford was proud of what had been achieved by a close-knitted group of men who showed that the underdogs can always cause an upset.

Bedford Blues started 2014 in the best possible fashion with a 21-13 win over high-flying London Scottish at Goldington Road on New Year’s Day.

The weather may have suited ducks better but early tries from Mike Le Bourgeois and Nick Fenton-Wells helped Bedford establish a 15-3 half-time lead with James Pritchard – who, during the match, became the Blues all-time leading point scorer - kicking a conversion and a penalty to Lee Millar’s solitary penalty.

Bedford Blues fell foul of a second half Boxing Day rampage at Rotherham, a victory which lifted the home side into the number two spot on the Championship table. The Titans notched up four unanswered tries in the second period and ran out deserving winners 35-6, confirming their credentials as play-off challengers. Bedford seemed to confirm little other than their season continues to be as consistent as badly made Christmas gravy.

From the off, Rotherham’s intensity and appetite was obvious but Bedford played well with the fading December sun at their backs.

Bedford Blues final – and possibly crucial – British & Irish Cup tie against Rotherham Titans on Saturday 18th January will now kick off at 2pm.

With just two games remaining in the first stage of the competition, the Blues (11 points) and Rotherham (13 points) are jostling for the all-important top position in Pool Three although all four teams can still top the table and secure a quarter final place.

With the six pool winners going through to the final eight, the remaining places will be awarded to the top two runners up from all groups.

Bedford Blues did their bit for the fans to ensure that everyone has a very Merry Christmas by running in seven tries during a 50-12 rout over Connacht Eagles in the British & Irish Cup.

James Short and Nick Fenton-Wells both crossed the line twice while Corey Hircock, Charlie Clare and Patrick Tapley all scored with James Pritchard and Jake Sharp sharing kicking duties hitting eight and seven points respectively.

The performance was far different from last weekend when the Blues were guilty of leaving too many points out on the field, as they opened the scoring in the 2nd minute and secured the bonus point after 30.

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