Yorkshire Carnegie v Bedford Blues
Bedford Blues put in a big second half performance at Headingley on Friday night but despite all of their efforts, they left empty handed as Carnegie scored in the seventh minute of stoppage time to secure a 28-15 victory.
The Blues certainly had something to prove after putting in a lack-lustre display at Goldington Road last week but their preparations weren’t helped when they were delayed in getting to the ground.
Carnegie started in style and were over for the opening try within four minutes as Alex Davies crossed the whitewash with Joe Ford adding the extras. The travelling Blues fans may have feared that Carnegie would run away with things again as they did in the British & Irish Cup, but Jake Sharp settled things with a well struck penalty to make it 7-3 on the 15 minute mark.
Bedford were then left feeling hard done by when they conceded a scrum penalty which looked more than harsh to almost everyone in the ground. Ford sent the ball to the Blues five metre line before the driving maul did its job with Michael Cusack scoring and Ford adding the extras.
But Bedford were to have the final say in the half as they went on the attack with Sharp sending a perfect kick over the top which Dean Adamson was able to gather and score to make it 14-8.
The Blues were then guilty of blowing a chance to score again before the interval as Adamson was free on the wing, but the ball just didn’t find its way along the line and Carnegie managed to regather possession.
The second half started much like the first with the hosts extending their lead. A driving maul on the Blues 22 walked its way forward before Ollie Stedman broke free to score and Ford made no mistake from the tee.
The score proved to be the kick up the backside that the Blues needed and they set about battling their way into the game. A smart kicking game pinned Carnegie into their own half before the Blues were able to go on the attack. A scrum deep in the hosts 22 saw Ben Adams break away and the ball was sent wide to Adamson and he crossed for his second with Sharp making it 21-15.
Bedford continued to press and Adamson almost completed his hat-trick in the 67th minute when another smart kick saw him racing for the ball but he couldn’t quite grasp it and the ball knocked on.
But ultimately there was to be heartbreak for the Blues as Carnegie – making a rare appearance in the Bedford 22 – managed to work their way forward from a scrum with replacement hooker Mike Mayhew being driven over from close range and Ford converted to round off the game 28-15.