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Bedford Blues are straight back in action at Goldington Road this Saturday with the return of Championship rugby against last season’s Premiership relegated side, London Welsh (Kick Off 3pm).

Hoping to continue their winning run with five victories on the bounce and fresh off Cup success, Mike Rayer’s men are preparing for another crucial encounter as Rowland Phillips’ Exiles outfit arrive in town.

Currently in fourth with a nine-point cushion over Jersey, Bedford are seeking revenge over Welsh who narrowly edged the Blues at Old Deer Park earlier in the campaign and have since added the scalps of both Yorkshire Carnegie and Doncaster Knights.

Following Saturday’s fantastic win against Scarlets Select to earn the Blues qualification to the knockout stages and a home draw, the Club can confirm they will play the Quarter Final at Goldington Road on Friday 11 March (Kick Off 19:45).

The draw for who Bedford will face in the Quarter Final will take place next Monday with Doncaster Knights, London Welsh, Jersey and Moseley in the bag.

The Friday night lights date will set up a tantalising rugby weekender with Eddie Jones’ new look England facing Wales at Twickenham on the Saturday which will also be screened at the Club.

Bedford Blues have booked their place in the quarter-finals of the British and Irish Cup with a 45-34 win over the Scarlet Select XV but they were made to work very hard for the bonus point victory.

You can now see all 11 tries on our Youtube Channel Blues TV by clicking HERE.

Scores from Josh Buggea, Paul Tupai, Nick Fenton-Wells, Henry Staff, Sam Blanchet and Dean Adamson along with a penalty try secured the win but the Scarlets deserve full credit for their tenacious display which almost cost the Blues dearly.

Bedford Blues head into their final pool game of the British & Irish Cup knowing that a win in front of their home fans will guarantee a quarter-final place in the competition.

A hard fought 22-17 win over Ulster on a cold night in Belfast has kept the Blues at the top of Pool 2 but a win over Scarlets Select would see Bedford claiming a final eight spot for the first time since 2013.

Following Friday’s fantastic away win in Belfast over Ulster, Bedford Blues are gearing up for an all-important fixture this Saturday at home to Scarlets Select with a win guaranteeing themselves a British & Irish Cup Quarter Final spot – and we need our 16th man (KO 2pm).

Four wins out of five leave Mike Rayer’s men in strong contention for the knockout stages of this year’s Cup campaign with only a win keeping the progression in their own hands. Whilst a slip-up from Yorkshire Carnegie, London Welsh or Doncaster Knights could equal a home tie next up, but the Blues players are only focussed on their own challenge.

Bedford Blues took a big step towards the British & Irish Cup quarter-final as they defeated Ulster A 17-22 at Deramore Park on Friday night.

On a freezing cold evening in Belfast and on a true quagmire of a pitch, Bedford racked up four tries through Phil Boulton, Dean Adamson, Henry Staff and Steffan Jones to secure a vital bonus point.

The hosts brightly and used an effective kicking game to try and pin the Blues back during the early exchanges but Bedford soaked up the pressure with the scrum putting in a huge shift five metres from their own line to win a penalty and clear the early danger.

Bedford Blues will be crossing the Irish Sea on Friday as they head to Belfast to face Ulster A in the British and Irish Cup.

The Blues will be looking to build on their recent form which has seen them pick up wins against London Scottish, Moseley and Bristol over the festive period and a victory in Belfast would put Bedford in a strong position for reaching the quarter-finals of the cup.

Bedford head to Northern Ireland without Mike Howard who has been ruled out for at least six weeks with ankle ligament damage.

Bedford Blues are pleased to announce an additional shirt sponsor for the start of 2016 with the first sponsorship coverage screened live on Sky Sports on New Year’s Day against London Scottish.

No stranger to the Blues Sponsorship family with many years of fantastic support, Dovecote Park have further supported the Club with their corporate logo printed on the right arm sleeve above the Charles Wells’ Eagle badge for the rest of the season.

Bedford Blues can confirm that their final Pool 2 game of the B&I Cup against Scarlets Select will now kick off at 2pm on Saturday 23 January.
 
The change from 3pm means that all pool games being played on the Saturday will kick off at the same time while three games will have already taken place the previous evening.
 
Mike Rayer's men currently sit top of Pool 2, four points ahead of Bristol and five ahead of this weekend’s opponents Ulster A. The final fixture could likely prove decisive as Bedford aim to reach the quarter-final stage of the British & Irish Cup for the first time since 2013.

Bedford Blues presented a cheque for £5,000 to Cancer Research UK on New Year’s Day following the celebration of another fantastic Ladies Day on Saturday 21st November as Ulster Ravens visited Goldington Road in the British & Irish Cup.

With the Blues picking up an excellent win on the field, the fans certainly did their bit off the pitch as a staggering £5,000 was raised for Cancer Research.

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