After beating Nottingham, three weeks ago by a narrow score, the Blues Academy faced them again, this time playing a much younger side. with 12 changes from the starting line up from three weeks ago.  Nottingham were the better side, more physical in contact, and more clinical in finishing.  They took a 12pts – 5 lead at half time before running out as well deserved winners by 34pts – 15.

A poor clearance kick from Bedford led to Nottingham’s first try.  The Notts right winger ran the ball back at the Blues and a good inside pass to the full back put him in for the first try after 5 minutes.  A good catch and drive gave Nottingham their second try, before Bedford narrowed the gap with a good try from centre Paul Aguele, to make the half tim score 12pts – 5.

Nottingham stretched their lead after 8 minutes with a penalty to go 15pts – 5 ahead.  The Blues hit back with a good lineout drive try from flanker Rahat Choudhury.  Nottingham then stepped up the pace and scored three further tries, with a sole try from Bedford’s prop Ben Thompson to make the final score 34pts – 15 to Nottingham.


Blues Academy Coach Lee Irvine said .…


“Nottingham were the better side and deserved the win.  They were more physical in the contact area, and much more clinical in finishing, taking advantage of a number of our mistakes to score.  It was good to see how some of our younger players coped with an older, more physical side.”


Bedford:   Charlie Robinson, George Harris, Leon Patel-Champion, Charlie Harvey, Louis Hooker-Johnson, Callum Strachan, Reuben Pritchard, Moses Gunda; Olly Howard (capt), Alfie Clark; Ross Taylor, Max Titchener, Paul Aguele, Tom Jennings; Liam Shields:  Replacements; Ben Thompson, Aubrey Grimes, Kyron Houston, Tim Herbert, JonJo Fanning, Rahat Choudhury, James Mellish, Max McMinn, Charlie Blower.

Next Home Match

Friday 23rd August
1st XV Pre Season
Goldington Road