Bedford Blues have named a 25 man squad as they prepare to face near neighbours under the Friday Night Lights at Goldington Road.

Following the sad demise of London Welsh, a gap in the Blues fixture list appeared but the void was soon filled by Northampton Saints who are still pushing hard for a play-off spot in the Aviva Premiership. With a weekend off themselves, Jim Mallinder's men agreed to travel along the A428 for the much anticipated fixture.

The Saints last visited Goldington Road for a pre-season friendly in August 2013 when the visitors ran out 21-45 winners. This Friday's encounter - which kicks off at 7.45pm - will be the perfect start to the weekend at Goldington Road which also includes the annual beer festival along with all the final Six Nations matches on the Saturday.

Starting line-up:
15. Howard Packman
14. Pat Tapley
13. Piers O’Conor
12. Michael LeBourgeois ©
11. Dean Adamson
10. Jake Sharp
9. Tom James

1. Camilo Parilli-Ocampo
2. Jacob Fields
3. Christian Judge
4. Mike Howard
5. Jordan Onojaife
6. Ed Taylor
7. Josh Buggea
8. Jason Hill

16. Charlie Robinson
17. James Hallam
18. Ben Cooper
19. Byron Hodge
20. Paul Tupai
21. Ben Adams
22. Jordan Burns
23. Dan Lewis
24. Ollie Dodge
25. Elliot Clements-Hill

Saints Team:

15. James Wilson
14. Juan Pablo Estelles
13. Luther Burrell
12. Tom Stephenson
11. Tom Collins
10. JJ Hanrahan
9. Tom Kessell

1. Ethan Waller
2. Charlie Clare
3. Jake Ilnicki
4. David Ribbans
5. James Craig
6. Ben Nutley
7. Lewis Ludlam
8. Sam Dickinson (capt)

Replacements: James Fish, Campese Ma’afu, Reece Marshall, Gareth Denman, Api Ratuniyarawa, Alex Moon, Will Allmän, Lee Dickson, Sam Olver, Rory Hutchinson, George Furbank, James Grayson

Next Home Match

Saturday 18th August
1st XV Pre Season
Goldington Road