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Bedford Blues have made four changes to their starting line-up as they look to rediscover winning ways in the Greene King IPA Championship.

Following defeats to table-topping Ealing Trailfinders and Bristol, the Blues are looking to get back on track when they head over to Jersey to face the Reds on Saturday afternoon.

While the newly named Stade Santander International hasn't always been the happiest of hunting grounds for Bedford, clashes between the two clubs have always been exciting affairs and much of the same is expected this weekend.

While there was not a win for the Blues, there was some scintillating attacking rugby on display at Goldington Road on Saturday writes Bedfordshire on Sunday reporter Nick Smith.

Bedford fell to a 38-61 defeat at the hands of promotion favourites Bristol but did themselves no disservice against a side who were just better on the day, inagame which saw 15 tries ran in and 99 points scored.

The visitors got off toaflying start, scoring two tries in the first four minutes, with poor tackling letting the hosts down.

Bedford Blues will be calling on their 16th man this weekend as Bristol visit Goldington Road in Round 4 of the GKIPA Championship season.

Having suffered a first defeat of the campaign to Ealing Trailfinders last weekend, Mike Rayer charges will be looking to bounce back immediately but know that they will need to be at the top of their game as Bristol come to town.

Speaking ahead of the game Rayer said: "We're certainly looking forward to this one and especially off the back of that disappointing seconnd half last week. We allowed Ealing far too much time and space and to their credit, they took it.

The Championship big boys arrive in Bedford this Saturday for a much-anticipated clash as the Blues look to respond in front of their home faithful against the league’s top side Bristol Rugby (Kick Off 3pm). Save £4 and book tickets online here.

Following an impressive start to the season, Mike Rayer’s men suffered a slight road bump on Saturday, losing out to a very impressive Ealing Trailfinders, who now sit top of the standings.

The deadline for 2018 Six Nations ticket applications for Twickenham to watch England closes this Friday for Bedford Blues Season Ticket holders. 

Application emails with details were sent out a couple of weeks back with your application form, only entries received by Friday 22nd September will be processed. Unfortunately due to RFU international ticket restrictions, the Club are set to receive a small allocation and will be unable to fulfil many requested orders.

Bedford Blues tasted defeat for the first time this season as they were on the receiving end of a 45-25 loss against Ealing Trailfinders.

The Blues will be sorely disappointed with the second half which saw the host running away with the game and Bedford just couldn't find a way back into it.

Speaking at the full time whistle, hooker Tom Lindsay said: "I felt that we had it until half time but then silly errors and a couple of penalties let us down. They built pressure and it was hard to stop them.

*Amended - 9.35am, Saturday 16th September. Due to an injury during this morning's warm-up, Howard Packman has been withdrawn from the starting XV and replaced by Elliot Clements-Hill.

This October Half-Term, Bedford Blues Community team will be hosting another rugby camp for children of all ages at Goldington Road as the rugby season gets into full swing.

The three-day rugby camp will run from Tuesday 24th to Thursday 26th October under our new successful coaching direction; ‘Learn to Play the Blues way’ as well as some seasonal surprises and a Halloween themed final day!

Two games into the Greene King IPA Championship season and Bedford Blues are sitting pretty at the top of the table after they picked up another bonus point win thanks to a 44-26 victory over London Scottish.

While many may have been focussing on the return of former Blues to Goldington Road, Bedford set about the task at hand and once again secured a bonus point before the interval thanks to tries from Michael Le Bourgeois, Howard Packman, Lee Dickson and Rich Lane before Packman and debutant Jack Nay dotted down after the interval and Harry Sheppard kicked 14 points.

The Greene King IPA Championship season arrives back at Goldington Road this weekend as Bedford Blues welcome London Scottish in Round Two of the competition.

There has been plenty of coming and goings for both clubs over the summer months - including a few swaps between the two - but both kicked off the campaign with good wins at the Richmond Athletic Ground last weekend.

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