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After good wins in the last two weeks, against Ealing and Nottingham, the Blues Academy face a much tougher challenge against the older Cambridge Univeristy U21 XV, at Goldington Road on Saturday November 9th, Kick Off 2.30pm.

Cambridge, who are preparing for their Varsity game at Twickenham in early December, had good wins recently against Moseley U21 XV and Bath University.  The University side, who will be on average two years older than the Blues, will present a tough physical challenge for  Bedford.

Sunday proved to be another frustrating afternoon for the Bedford Blues players and coaches as a late Matt Jarvis penalty secured the win for Nottingham at Meadow Lane.

Bedford got off to the best possible start when Paul Tupai bundled over from close range but when Joe Munro charged down Brendan Burke's attempted clearance kick to score a couple of minutes later to score, it was always going to be one of those afternoon's.

James Pritchard converted two penalties and Jarvis replied with one of his own to make it 10-11 before Nick Fenton-Wells rounded off a good forwards try with the skipper adding the extras at the interval.

Bedford Blues limped to their fifth defeat of the season at Nottingham this afternoon as late penalty earned the Green & Whites a last-gasp 26-24 victory.

Poor decision-making and infringements once again cost the Blues as they let victory slip through their fingers at Meadow Lane.

With neither side firing on all cylinders, neither eighth placed Bedford or 11th placed Nottingham achieved any sustained periods of ascendancy during the 80 minutes.

For the Blues it was an afternoon of prolonged malfunction as both of the hosts’ tries came from Blues mistakes, while all of Matt Jarvis’ penalties seemed to stem from players needlessly infringing.

The Blues Academy won the first game of the "double header" weekend against Nottingham.  Although slow to get into gear the Blues scored seven tries to produce a convincing performance to win by 43pts - 12, and set the scene for the Blues Championship game away at Nottingham on Sunday. 

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Bedford Blues annual fireworks display went off with an extra special sparkle this year as thousands of people walked through the Goldington Road gates for an evening they won't forget in a hurry.

Despite a miserable weather forecast, nothing could dampen the spirits as young and old came together to enjoy a true spectacular - and all for just £5. It was without a doubt, one of the finest displays that the club has ever seen.

The club would like to thank everyone who was involved in the organisation of the event along with the thousands of revellers who turned out to enjoy the occasion.

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After a good away win against Ealing last week the Blues Academy play the first game of another "double header" weekend when they play Nottingham, at Goldington Road on Saturday November 2nd, Kick Off 2.30pm.

You've seen it in the programme, now we are bringing it to the website! Head to head this week comes courtesy of two of the Blues most talkative players who never fail to deliver. Luke Baldwin is enjoying another season slugging it out with Darryl Veenendaal for the number nine shirt while Mark Atkinson continues his impressive run of form whether it is at centre or fullback. Enjoy.

He-Man cartoon producer Lou Scheimer died this week but if you had to compare yourself to a cartoon character which would it be and why? What about one of your teammates?

LB: I’d have to go for Popeye because he loves spinach and has big arms, just like me.

After pulling on the Blues number seven shirt for the first time in almost a year, Sacha Harding's week got even better when he was invited to player for the Barbarians against the Combined Services in Plymouth next month.

Harding, 30, who suffered a dislocation and break of his ankle during the Championship fixture aganist Leeds on December 2 last year, has been through a long rehabilitation process and completed 50 minutes against Ealing Trailfinders on Sunday afternoon before being replaced by Tom Armes.

The Bedford Rugby Followers Association Fireworks Display is being held this Friday November 1st. and is generally acknowledged to be the best display in this part of the country.

This means we will have a massive clear up job on Saturday morning so we are asking that anyone who can spare an hour or two to please turn up at the ground to give us a hand.

The first team are training at 9am on the main pitch and there is an Academy game vs Nottingham in the afternoon so the main pitch will be the main priority followed by the training pitch and surrounding areas.

Bedford Blues recorded their second win of the season – and the first in the Greene King IPA Championship – as they overcame a determined Ealing Trailfinders side 31-14.

With severe weather warnings on the horizon – and not wanting to quote bedtime stories -  there was plenty of huffing and puffing around Goldington Road but the Blues came out on top with a five try haul which included two apiece for Ollie Dodge and James Pritchard while Mike Le Bourgeois added one into the mix.

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