MATCH REPORT V NOTTINGHAM
Bedford Blues put in a Herculean-esq performance on Sunday afternoon to pick up a much needed and morale boosting 21-24 victory over Nottingham in the Greene King IPA Championship.
Last season, the Blues scored deep in stoppage time to record a win over the Green and Whites and they left it late once again as Dan George went over form the back of a driving maul to put the Blues ahead with just a couple of minutes left on the clock.
Things hadn't started in the best of fashion at Lady Bay for the visiting Blues as Jake Sharp's attempted clearance was charged down but Charlie Thacker's subsequent kick ahead rolled out of the Blues try area.
But it didn't take long for the visitors to take the lead when former Goldington Road favourite Darryl Veenendaal played in Ollie Evans with Chris Eden adding the extras.
Bedford's response came five minutes later from the back of a solid Blues scrum which released the backs. Some smooth handling in tough conditions followed with Piers O'Conor crashing through to score and Sharp slotting the conversion to level the scores.
The boggy Lady Pitch restricted both sides to limited chances but the hosts stuck to their game plan and restored a seven point lead in the 27th minute when second rower Jordan Coghlan forced his way over and Eden converted once again.
Two minutes later, and things were level as the Blues responded with another well-worked try. Winger George Perkins found himself in plenty of space on the right with another former Blue - James Stephenson - in front of him, but the yougster stepped by him and dotted down with Sharp chipping over the conversion.
The second half saw much of the same before Sharp slotted a 52nd minute penalty to give the Blues the lead for the first time on the game.
Nottingham responded in the 65th minute though when a lineout in the Blues 22 saw a powerful drive crossing the line and Jimmy Stevens came up with the ball which was converted by Eden to make it 21-17.
Bedford continued to battle and they got their reward in the 77th minute when their own lineout drive kicked in superbly with George finishing off the move before Sharp put the Blues three points ahead.
Pleasingly, the Blues then kept Nottingham in their own half as time ran out with the win meaning Bedford leap frog the Green and Whites into eighth place.
The Blues have a weekend off before welcoming Premiership giants Northampton Saints to Goldington Road on Friday 17th March for a friendly fixture that replaces the league game against London Welsh.
COME ON YOU BLUES!!!