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Bedford Blues recovered from 14-0 down after 13 minutes to draw 19 all with Ealing Trailfinders at Goldington Road in the third pool game of the British and Irish Cup on Saturday afternoon.

A try for Jason Hill plus eight points from the boot of Jake Sharp and two penalties from Myles Dorrian were enough to tie a game which saw Ealing hooker Alun Walker cross for a hat-trick on a soggy afternoon in Bedford.

***Bedford Blues have been forced into a change to their announced team for tomorrow's B&I Cup encounter against Ealing Trailfinders. Pat Tapley has been ruled out with injury meaning that Elliot Clements-Hill moves into the starting line-up while Josh Buggea comes in on the bench.***

Bedford return to British & Irish Cup action this weekend as they host Ealing Trailfinders in the first of a double-header.

Round Three of the Cup pits the Blues against high-flying Trailfinders with the pair having already met in league action back in October when Ealing were able to record a one point win in  a closely fought contest.

It is with deep regret that the club announce the death of former captain Barrie Williams.

Barrie made an amazing 249 appearances for the town between 1958-67. He played most of his rugby on the wing, amassing a stunning 126 tries, making him the joint second (with D.P. Rogers) highest ever try scorer in the club's history. He took over the club captaincy for the 1960-61 season, leading another great year.

A very talented sportsman having been a county tennis and squash player, Barrie was equally at home on a court as well as a rugby pitch.

Four brave members of the Bedford Blues squad were put through their paces this week as they were set the task of taking on the Meatcure Chilli Burger Challenge.

The task was quite simple. On Monday night, Tom James, Mike Howard, Pat Tapley and Christian Judge each had to simply work their way through a four patty tower burger, a dozen jalapeno bites, double fries and a milkshake in just 15 minutes.

With the rest of the squad’s encouragement, the foursome got stuck into the challenge wholeheartedly but it proved to be a step too far as none of them could quite complete the task in the time limit set out.

The Blues return to Goldington Road this Saturday for the Christmas fixture against Ealing Trailfinders with both sides still in the running of making the Cup knockout stages going in to the festive double header (KO 3pm).  

Mike Rayer’s men travelled back from Leeds last weekend with nothing to show after an improved performance which deserved at least a losing bonus point. This Saturday the Blues will be looking to respond in front of the home faithful, but will need their 16th man behind them to help them return to winning ways.

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.

Bedford Blues will be heading up the M1 on Friday night to face high flying Yorkshire Carnegie in the Greene King IPA Championship.

It's been a Jekyll and Hyde couple of weeks for the Blues who put in a huge performance to pick up a bonus point win at London Welsh a fortnight ago before relinquishing a ten point lead to lose 10-13 at home to London Scottish last weekend.

Have you made your Christmas list? Don't know what to get that one relative who has everything or looking to spoil a Blues supporter? Fear not as the Bedford Blues are on hand to help you out at this very festive time of year from this Saturday.

The Blues have three fantastic Christmas Market dates for you this year as we again rev up the yellow Robin Reliant, donning our favourite Bedford sheepskin coat and head into Bedford Town Centre to set up shop in the bustling market close to M&S on Saturday 3rd December, morning of Wednesday 7th December and all day Wednesday 14th December.

Bedford Blues presented another cheque for £5,000 to Cancer Research UK on Friday night at the match against London Scottish following the celebration of another fantastic Ladies Day on Saturday 15th October.

With the Blues picking up an excellent win on the field in that encounter against Newport Gwent Dragons in the B&I Cup, the fans certainly did their bit off the pitch as a staggering £5,000 was raised for Cancer Research.

There was very little that could be offered in way of explanation as Bedford Blues slumped to a 10-13 home defeat to London Scottish who, in all honesty, didn’t look like they were going to offer too many problems based on the first 70 minutes.

Credit to the visitors though, they did what they had to do to win the game as David Cherry scored from the back of a drive over try with Peter Lydon converting and adding two penalties to seal victory.

Bedford, in contrast, started brightly, took control early on and led 10-0 at the break thanks to a Myles Dorrian penalty and a converted Tom Griffiths try.

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