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It's the final game of the regular season but the start of a trilogy as Bedford Blues prepare to face Bristol in the first of their three Greene King IPA Championship matches.
 
Having secured fourth place in the league, the Blues will now face Bristol twice in the play-off semi-final, but first of all they complete the regular season by hosting the league leaders in round 22.
 

Bedford Blues have continued preparations for the 2016/17 Greene King IPA Championship season with the signing of two new players and the re-signing of two current squad members.

Making their way to Goldington Road in the summer will be back rower Ben Adams and versatile forward Ed Taylor, while props Camilo Parilli-Ocampo and Jack Culverhouse have put pen-to-paper on new deals.

Fresh off the back of securing a Championship play-off semi-final the Blues return home this Saturday for a St George’s Day celebration in front of our loyal home supporters as Bedford face Bristol for the first of three meetings in three weeks in our End of Season Family Party (KO 3pm).

This weekend’s match is quickly becoming a game of chess as everyone is guessing which Bristol side will turn out as the promotion favourites arrive in Bedford intent on levelling this year’s record having lost twice to the Blues and won just once.

Mike Rayer’s men have confirmed fourth spot in the Championship and will play their semi-final first leg at home on Sunday 1 May (KO 3.15pm) against Bristol Rugby.

The Blues will then travel away to Ashton Gate on Sunday 8 May (KO 3:15pm) in the second play-off semi-final leg. Both matches will be screened live on Sky Sports.

Tickets for the match at Goldington Road will be on sale later this afternoon with further details for Season Ticket holders, hospitality options and advance discounted tickets to be announced shortly.

Bedford Blues booked their place in the Championship play-off semi-finals after picking up a losing bonus point in a narrow defeat against second-placed Doncaster Knights at Castle Park writes Beds on Sunday.

Jersey's failure to beat Ealing Trailfinders meant that they can't overtake the Blues irrespective of the results on the final day of the regular season next weekend.

The Blues will go into their final league game against Bristol having lost four of their last six league games, but they will take heart from this spirited showing against a Doncaster side beaten just twice at home in the league.

With just two games left in the Championship season, Bedford Blues head north to take on Doncaster Knights at Castle Park on Saturday afternoon.

Games between the two sides are often enthralling affairs and back in December, the boot of Dougie Flockhart helped the Knights inflicted the first home defeat of the season on the Blues 13-18.

Looking ahead to the game, Blues Backs coach Paul Larkin said: “A trip to Castle Park is never easy and we know that the Knights will want to gain momentum as they head into the play-offs. That said, we have two huge games before the season ends and we want to make sure that we give our fantastic followers something to cheer about.

It is the penultimate round of Greene King IPA Championship's regular season and while three of the semi-finalists are confirmed, there is still plenty of jostling left to be done.

And perhaps the pick of the ties this weekend is at Castle Park, as fourth-placed Bedford Blues will go in hunt of sealing a top four berth should they topple Doncaster Knights.

The stakes are high for both sides, as a bonus-point win would secure second spot for the Knights, while the Blues could reel in third-place Yorkshire Carnegie with victory.

Details of the revamped Bedford Blues 2015/16 End of Season Gala Dinner at Goldington Road have been released and due to a fantastic on field performance this season, demand is high.

There is limited availability for this much anticipated event with the Blues players and coaches as we mark the end of another Championship season with a special night of entertainment.

Open to both male and female, this year’s black tie gala dinner is on Friday 13th May and promises a fantastic evening for all in attendance with a superb four course dinner and awards presentation, as well as AV displays with match highlights.

Bedford Blues can confirm that one of its longest serving players, tighthead prop Phil Boulton, will be leaving the club at the end of the season to join National One side Coventry.

Boulton, 29, first stepped through the Goldington Road gates in the summer of 2008 and he has gone on to be one of the most consistent performers for Bedford Blues ever since.

Bedford Blues' recruitment for the 2016/17 season has continued with the re-signings of Dean Adamson, Michael Le Bourgeois, Mike Howard and Paul Tupai.
 
Adamson, 22, has been in fantastic form this season having run in 16 tries which included a hat-trick against Cornish Pirates last weekend. The speedster joined Bedford Blues at the beginning of the 2014/15 campaign following a successful period at Ampthill Rugby Club which saw him notch up an impressive 22 tries in National Two South. The Bedford boy, who came through the Blues Academy, has truly seized his opportunity with both hands and proven what a special talent he is.
 

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