Bedford Academy welcomed Moseley to Goldington Road for the first game between the sides for three years.  A younger Moseley team showed real determination and made it tough for the Blues who managed a 12–0 lead at half time before running out by 29-0 winners.

Bedford took an early lead after five minutes when a driving lineout was touched down by second row Sam Copeland.  The Blues had the chance to go further ahead 5 minutes later but failed to score from a two to one overlap. 

Moseley put the Blues under pressure and stopped them developing phases.  Bedford went further ahead when flanker Callum Strachan broke in open play and fed No.8 Oli Robinson who scored under the posts; centre Cameron Gregory-Ring converted to give the Blues a 12pts – 0 lead. 

The second half started with a gift from Moseley;  a poor kick out of defence was fielded by winger Will Foster, who showed real pace to cut through the Moseley defence to score under the posts.  Gregory-Ring converted and the Blues were 19pts ahead.  Five minutes later scrum half Olly Venni scored in the corner with men to spare.  Bedford finished the game with their best try; a lineout was won in the Moseley 22 on the right hand side and the ball was moved through 5 phases before it was moved wide to the left and centre Nico Defeo went over in the corner.

Bedford Academy Director Denis Ormesher said …. “It was good to welcome Moseley to Goldington Road and to renew games with them after a break of a few years.  Moseley were younger and smaller than the Blues and yet they made it tough for us to establish any rhythm in the first half.”

“Although the win was pleasing, at times the performance was not.  Our finishing was not clinical enough and we probably butchered 3 – 4 other chances to score.  This was a good reminder that we need to be more clinical when we create overlaps, and that patience is needed to build pressure.”

 “With a lot of players missing due to injury, it was good to see some of the new lads settle in well.  Our defence worked well and it is always pleasing to keep a clean sheet.”


Bedford:  Josh Waller, Ben Wilkinson,  Charley Robinson,  Josh Fadden, Sam Copeland, Callum Strachan, Tadhg O'Shaughnessy, Ollie Robinson; Olly Venni, Chris Easton (capt); Jack Stapley, Cameron Gregory-Ring, Nico Defeo, Luke Hibberd;  Ben Meaden:  Replacements: Dan Hostleter, Oliver Pescott-Frost, Oli Butler, Dylan Leney, Will Foster, Ryan Hutler:

Photos ©AlastairRobinson


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Friday 23rd August
1st XV Pre Season
Goldington Road