MATCH PREVIEW V BRISTOL

Bedford Blues will be calling on their 16th man this weekend as Bristol visit Goldington Road in Round 4 of the GKIPA Championship season.

Having suffered a first defeat of the campaign to Ealing Trailfinders last weekend, Mike Rayer charges will be looking to bounce back immediately but know that they will need to be at the top of their game as Bristol come to town.

Speaking ahead of the game Rayer said: "We're certainly looking forward to this one and especially off the back of that disappointing seconnd half last week. We allowed Ealing far too much time and space and to their credit, they took it.

"As you'd expect there's been plenty of intensity in training this week and it's shaping up to be another great afternoon out at Goldington Road."

The Blues are missing a number of players through injury with Chris Czekaj suffering a slight calf twinge, Will Hooley has a shoulder knock, Howard Packman has a hamstring strain and Josh Buggea has issues with his foot and knee. IN better news though, Jordan Onojaife is set for a return to action next week having recovered from a concussion.

Bedford make three changes to the team that lost at Ealing last weekend with James Wilson starting at fullback, Ollie Dodge getting the nod in the centre and Justin Blanchet coming in at openside flanker. There is also a welcome return to the squad for hooker George Edgson who takes a place on the Blues replacements bench having fully recovered from a long-term injury.

Starting line-up:
 
15. James Wilson
14. Elliot Clements-HIll
13. Michael Le Bourgeois (c)
12. Ollie Dodge
11. Dean Adamson
10. Harry Sheppard
9. Lee Dickson
1. Sean McCarthy
2. Tom Lindsay
3. Alex Penny
4. Ed Taylor
5. Will Carrick-Smith
6. Alex Rae
7. Justin Blanchet
8. Jarad Williams
 
Replacements:
16. George Edgson
17. Camilo Parilli-Ocampo
18. Ben Cooper
19. Paul Tupai
20. Ben Adams
21. Jordan Burns
22. Rich Lane

Next Home Match

Friday 10th November
1st XV Championship
Goldington Road
Kick-Off
7.45pm

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