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Fresh off the back of securing a Championship play-off semi-final the Blues return home this Saturday for a St George’s Day celebration in front of our loyal home supporters as Bedford face Bristol for the first of three meetings in three weeks in our End of Season Family Party (KO 3pm).

This weekend’s match is quickly becoming a game of chess as everyone is guessing which Bristol side will turn out as the promotion favourites arrive in Bedford intent on levelling this year’s record having lost twice to the Blues and won just once.

Mike Rayer’s men have confirmed fourth spot in the Championship and will play their semi-final first leg at home on Sunday 1 May (KO 3.15pm) against Bristol Rugby.

The Blues will then travel away to Ashton Gate on Sunday 8 May (KO 3:15pm) in the second play-off semi-final leg. Both matches will be screened live on Sky Sports.

Tickets for the match at Goldington Road will be on sale later this afternoon with further details for Season Ticket holders, hospitality options and advance discounted tickets to be announced shortly.

Bedford Blues booked their place in the Championship play-off semi-finals after picking up a losing bonus point in a narrow defeat against second-placed Doncaster Knights at Castle Park writes Beds on Sunday.

Jersey's failure to beat Ealing Trailfinders meant that they can't overtake the Blues irrespective of the results on the final day of the regular season next weekend.

The Blues will go into their final league game against Bristol having lost four of their last six league games, but they will take heart from this spirited showing against a Doncaster side beaten just twice at home in the league.

The Blues Academy ended their 15-a-side season with a convincing win away at Doncaster.

Despite the long coach journey the Blues played some fine rugby in the first 15 minutes.  A strong lineout drive gained ground for a second lineout 5m from the Doncaster line.  Bedford varied their game and the ball was moved wide for centre Adrian Sanday to make ground and offload to winger Ross Taylor in support for a fine try;  fullback Liam Shields converted. 

With just two games left in the Championship season, Bedford Blues head north to take on Doncaster Knights at Castle Park on Saturday afternoon.

Games between the two sides are often enthralling affairs and back in December, the boot of Dougie Flockhart helped the Knights inflicted the first home defeat of the season on the Blues 13-18.

Looking ahead to the game, Blues Backs coach Paul Larkin said: “A trip to Castle Park is never easy and we know that the Knights will want to gain momentum as they head into the play-offs. That said, we have two huge games before the season ends and we want to make sure that we give our fantastic followers something to cheer about.

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