Bedford Blues v Nottingham

Saturday, 27 April, 2019 - 15:00
1st XV Championship
Won 38-13

Bedford Blues rounded off the Greene King IPA Championship season with a comprehensive 38-13 win over Nottingham at Goldington Road on Saturday afternoon.

Two penalty tries along with a brace from Matt Worley and one apiece for Ryan Hutler and Charlie Clare secured the win on a blustery afternoon which looked as if the wind would play a big impact on proceedings and neither team particularly keen to implement a kicking game.

Bedford started brightly with Huw Worthington, Josh Buggea and Mark Flanagan all carrying well, but as scrum half Alex Gliksten looked to snipe through, he was collared and a penalty went to the visitors although Shane O’Leary’s effort fired well wide of the posts.

After taking in the restart, Nottingham attacked and drew a penalty which O’Leary then slotted having missed a drop goal attempt moments before.

The game plan for the Blues was to keep possession and try to grind out territory as they headed up the slope and into the wind. Forwards and backs combined well but Charlie Clare just couldn’t keep hold of the ball as he reached for the line in the ninth minute.

Bedford continued to attack and a break down the right looked promising but Nottingham fullback Sean Scanlon deliberately knocked on to take a yellow card for his team.

The Blues continued to keep possession and went through a wave of attacks but the Nottingham defence was determined not to concede. Ed Taylor, Jarad Williams and Ben Cooper were all throwing themselves forward while Hooley looked to spread the ball whenever possible so Lewis Robling could crash through. 

Pressure finally paid off in the 19th minute when the Blues opted for a scrum as a penalty went their way. The big boys upfront did the business and referee Greg MacDonald ran under the posts to award the penalty try making it 7-3.

Four minutes later and the Blues were over again. Turning defence into attack was the order of the move as Matt Worley stepped on the gas to make room before Ryan Hutler took over to score under the posts giving Hooley an easy conversion.

But the Blues shot themselves on the foot moments later when they gifted Nottingham a score. A mix up in the backs saw David Williams collect the ball and the winger shot down the line to score an unconverted effort to make it 14-8.

The teams continued to cancel one another out although Adamson and Lane both made good breaks before being hauled down. A final chance in the half went the way of Nottingham as Scanlon was played in, but his offload to Harry Graham was way ahead of the winger and the ref bought the half to an end.

Bedford started the second half in strong fashion and after forcing a penalty five metres from the Nottingham line they opted for a scrum which the pack dominated and the ref ran under the sticks once again.

A questionable forward pass from the restart gave Nottingham an attacking platform from which they sealed a number of penalties and a yellow card for Josh Buggea who was pinged for collapsing a maul. However, the final lineout ball was wonky and Bedford were able to clear.

The Blues made the visitors pay for their inability to take advantage with an opportunist try in the 59th minute. Nottingham were on the attack, but a knock on was scooped in by Gliksten who passed to Worthington. The Welshman handed off the tackle before offloading to Worley who scampered along the wing to score before Hooley converted brilliantly.

A high tackle on Flanagan set up another Blues try as the penalty went to touch. Clare put the ball in before joining the back of the maul which trundled over for an unconverted score.

With time ticking away, Goldington Road was treated to a very special try from Worley - something everyone will be keen to see more of next season. Ed Coulson and Adamson combined before Worthington played provider again but an exquisite grubber from Worley sent him on the way as he outpaced the defence to score.

Nottingham scored a late consolation when Murray McConnell took a quick tap and go penalty to dot down, but the game was already well in the bag.

Bedford Blues: Rich Lane, Ryan Hutler, Matt Worley, Lewis Robling, Dean Adamson, Will Hooley, Alex Gliksten; Sean McCarthy (c), Charlie Clare, Ben Cooper, Ed Taylor, Mark Flanagan, Huw Worthington, Josh Buggea, Jarad Williams.

Replacements: Jacob Fields, Hayden King, Alex Penny, Oli Curry, Justin Blanchet, Ed Coulson, Pat Tapley.

Nottingham: Sean Scanlon, Jack Spittle, William Robinson, Luke Peters, David Williams, Shane O’Leary, Darryl Veenendaal; Aniseko Sio, Luke Cole, Oisin Heffernan, Tom Holmes (c), Llewelyn Jones, Shane Buckley, William Owen, Jordan Coghlan.

Replacement: Benjamin Brownlie, James Jack, Sebastian Cecil, George Cox, Josh Poullett, Harry Graham, Murray McConnell.

Attendance: 2872

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