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The Blues Academy ended their season by winning the inaugural Bedford Blues Under 19 10-a-side tournament at Goldington Road.

The competition was designed to showcase the player development work being carried out by a number of Championship clubs as well as giving the players a competitive focus to end the season.

With eight sides participating in two pools of four, there was non-stop rugby all day. 

Sadly, a fantastic Goldington Road crowd of 2517 just wasn’t enough to guide Bedford Blues to victory as Mike Rayer’s men suffered a disappointing end to their 2014/15 Championship season, losing out 17-26 to fifth placed Nottingham on Saturday.

There were signs of an early breakthrough for the Blues when Jake Sharp dummied a kick to create a gap that he duly ran through, gaining valuable yards towards the Nottingham try line but Bedford failed to capitalise.

However it wasn’t long before the hosts got the first points of the game as the Blues were awarded a penalty in the 7th minute and Sharp made no mistake to give his side a 3-0 lead.

James Pritchard’s testimonial year continues with a celebratory match at Goldington Road as a Bedford Blues select XV prepare to face Skippy’s Invitational XV on Friday 8th May in a special event to honour his commitment to the club.

Tickets and entrance for Pritchard’s Testimonial Match are only available on the gate come match day with adults entry priced at just a £10 donation and Under 16s going free. Gates open at 6pm allowing supporters plenty of time to make their way to the bars around the ground and sample the entertainment before the match kicks off at 7:30pm.

As the curtain comes down on another Greene King IPA Championship season, Bedford Blues will be doing all that they can to ensure that their fans leave Goldington Road happy following their final game of the season against Nottingham.

A game against their old foes in front of a large home crowd will be all of the motivation that the players need as they look to finish the season with bang.

Looking ahead to the game, Blues Director of Rugby Mike Rayer said: “It’s been a challenging season for us with a number of games that we should have won going against us, but the lads are determined to finish on a high.

The construction process at Goldington Road continues this week with the signing of a Scotland Under 20s hooker as well as new deals for seven current squad members.

With just one game remaining in the Greene King IPA Championship, Bedford Blues have already secured the services of 20 players for next season after agreeing a deal with Wasps hooker Sam James as well as Props Phil Boulton, Camilo Parilli-Ocampo and James Currie, Second Rower Mike Howard, Back Rower Justin Blanchet, and centres Ollie Dodge and Henry Staff.

Bedford Blues have further strengthened their squad for the 2015/16 Greene King IPA Championship season with the loan signings of Wasps duo Piers O'Conor and Alex Lundberg.

England Under 20s fullback O’Conor, 19, and prop Lundberg, 20, have been training with the senior Wasps squad all season and both featured in the LV=Cup this season. The pair also made their Goldington Road debuts during the Mobbs Memorial game at the beginning of the month.

Bedford Blues return to Goldington Road this weekend for their final match of the 2014/15 Greene King IPA Championship season as they prepare to face fifth placed Nottingham on Saturday 25th April (Kick Off 3pm).

The Club hope supporters will turn out in force to mark the close of another Championship season and End of Season Party with live music following the final whistle and the Followers’ Player of the Season Presentation.

Bedford Blues will be opening its gates this Sunday 26th April to some of the most talented young rugby players in the country as Goldington Road plays host to the Under 19s 10-a-side tournament.

The invitational competition is designed to showcase the player development work being carried out across a number of Championship clubs as well as giving the lads something competitive to focus on as the season comes to a close.

Bedford Blues were unfortunate to lose their final away game of the season on Saturday, a 25-19 defeat at Castle Park against Doncaster Knights, writes Ryan Lewis of Bedford Times & Citizen.

The Blues matched their hosts in the try count, with both sides scoring three apiece but two Dougie Flockhart penalties were the difference between two teams that have been leapfrogging each other in the standings throughout the season.

Bedford Blues will be aiming to finish their Championship campaign on a high note when they head to Castle Park to face Doncaster Knights for a fourth time this season.

The Knights won both games in the British & Irish Cup but the first league encounter at Goldington Road went the way of the Blues, 35-29, despite the visitors leading 23-9 at the interval.

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