MATCH PREVIEW V NOTTINGHAM

Bedford make just two changes from the team that defeated Yorkshire Bedford Blues have named their team to head up the M1 to face Nottingham  on Sunday afternoon in what will be their fourth meeting this season.

Despite the Blues having racked up three victories over their East Midlands rivals, past results count for nothing when the whistle blows at 3pm at Lady Bay.

Bedford head into the game off the back of an impressive 41-22 win over Yorkshire Carnegie which saw the Blues leap up to third place in the Championship after 17 rounds of the campaign.

Looking ahead to the fixture, Blues Player Coach Lee Dickson said: "Having faced Nottingham three times already this season, we are once again expecting a very physical game with the conditions sure to be a factor. Nottingham head into the game off a hard fought win over Ospreys last weekend so they’ll want to keep that momentum going.”

Bedford make just two changes from the team that deafeated Carnegie a fortnight ago with Rich Lane coming in at fullback while Huw Worthington starts at openside flanker. There's also a welcome return to the bench for fly half Harry Sheppard who has recovered from a knock he picked up during the British & Irish Cup encounter against Ospreys back in January.

Starting Line-up:
15. Rich Lane
14. Howard Packman
13. Rory Hutchinson
12. Michael Le Bourgeois (c)
11. Dean Adamson
10. Will Hooley
9. Lee Dickson

1. Sean McCarthy
2. Tom Lindsay
3. Ben Cooper
4. Jordan Onojaife
5. Will Carrick-Smith
6. Alex Rae
7. Huw Worthington
8. Jarad Williams

Replacements:
16. Jacob Fields
17. Dave Spelman
18. Camilo Parilli-Ocampo
19. Ed Taylor
20. Justin Blanchet
21. Jordan Burns
22. Harry Sheppard

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