The Blues Academy ended their 15-a-side season with a narrow 27pts – 24 victory away from home over London Scottish.  In a game where some of the refereeing interpretations made it difficult for both sides to establish any continuity the Blues led by 15pts – 10 at half time.  Turning around to face the strong wind in the second half Bedford went on to win by 27pts – 24.

Scottish took an early lead with a penalty after three minutes.  Bedford scored their first try after 20 minutes when hooker Ben Wilkinson went over, to give the Blues the lead which they held, often narrowly, for the rest of the game. Scrum half Olly Venni scored two tries in quick succession to give the Blues a 15pts – 3 lead before Scottish narrowed the gap with a try from their centre from a neat grubber kick, which was converted to make the half time score 15pts – 10.

Bedford had a strong start to the second half with a series of forward drives into the strong wind, with a try from full back Max Titchener as the reward but Scottish hit back straight from the kick off to narrow the gap to 20pts – 17.  The Blues were quick to bounce back when Venni got his third try, converted by Titchener, to give Bedford a 27pts – 17 lead with 20 minutes to go.  Bedford held onto the lead until the last minute when the Exiles scored a converted try to make the final score 27pts – 24 to Bedford. 

The win brought an end to the Blues 15-a-side campaign.  With 23 games played the Blues won 18 and lost 5.  Wins included the double on five sides (Wasps, London Scottish, Oxford University U21, Ealing and the RAF U23 XV), beating Saracens, and a 12 match winning run from late October to March.  Games were lost to Leicester Tigers (twice), Leinster, Northampton Saints and Loughborough University U21.

Bedford Academy Director, Denis Ormesher, said …...
“This was the second very narrow win against London Scottish this season.  We scored five good tries but only converted one.  With Scottish converting all three of their tries they made it a tight game.  It was good to see the players returning from injury getting back into the game, without any ill effects, and the guys who made their debuts off the bench all did well, with flanker Rahat Choudhury playing most of the game, and impressing.”

“We were pleased to finish the 15-a-side season with a good performance, and a win.  The squad have played well over the season and, with three wins against Premiership RFU funded Academies, this is probably our best ever season in terms of results."  

"We now go into two hard weeks of training in preparation for a new challenge – the Bedford Blues Invitation U19 10-a-side tournament at Goldington Road on Sunday April 26th.” 

Bedford:  Josh Waller, Ben Wilkinson,  Hayden King, Joe Brock, Jacob Moody, Ollie Robinson, Nick Pritchard, Zach Scott-Grey; Olly Venni, Chris Easton (capt); Luke Hibberd , Cameron Gregory-Ring, Cameron Clarke, Will Foster; Ben Meaden. Replacements: Aubrey Grimes, Liam Appleton, Charley Robinson, Tim Herbert, Rahat Choudhury, Ryan Hutler; Michael Philips, Alfie Burton, Max Titchener:

Photos: © AlastairRobinson - first three photos below

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