MATCH PREVIEW V EALING TRAILFINDERS

Bedford Blues will be looking to end 2017 on a high when they welcome Ealing Trailfinders to Goldington Road on Saturday afternoon.

With the year coming to an end, the Blues are hoping that a bumper crowd will be on hand to help them take on high-flying Ealing in this second versus third clash.

When the two teams met in West London earlier in the season, the game started in sparkling fashion but Bedford's discipline let them down in the second half with the hosts running away with things to win 45-25.

Looking ahead to the fixture, Blues Forwards Coach Martin Hynes said: "Ealing have been in superb form this season and we know that we will need to be at the top of our game if we want to match them on the pitch.

"Last week we showed what an attacking force we can be but our defence was absolutely dire. A 52-52 scoreline might look exciting, but it’s not a defensive display we were proud of. After the last few weeks we certainly didn’t see it coming.

"That said, we need to look at the positives from that game and ensure that we carry the attacking display along with the good set piece into this weekend's encounter. We are expecting a response and it would be good to see a big crowd in here at Goldington Road."

Bedford make six changes from the team which drew with London Scottish last weekend with Ollie Dodge and Harry Sheppard starting in the backs while Sean McCarthy, Ben Cooper, Jordan Onojaife and Jack Nay all come into the pack.

Starting Line-up:
15. Matt Gallagher
14. Elliot Clement-Hill
13. Ollie Dodge
12. Michael LeBourgeois (c)
11. Dean Adamson
10. Harry Sheppard
9. Lee Dickson

1. Sean McCarthy
2. Tom Lindsay
3. Ben Cooper
4. Jordan Onojaife
5. Will Carrick-Smith
6. Alex Rae
7. Jack Nay
8. Jarad Williams

Replacements:
16. George Edgson
17. Camilo Parilli-Ocampo
18. Alex Penny
19. Ed Taylor
20. Josh Buggea
21. Jordan Burns
22. Will Hooley

Next Home Match

Saturday 27th October
1st XV Championship
Goldington Road
Kick-Off
3.00pm

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