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Match Preview: Bedford Blues v Yorkshire Carnegie

19th February 2018 9:37 am By Leanne Flynn

Yorkshire Carnegie will face fifth placed Bedford Blues at Goldington Road on Saturday 3rd March, kick off 3pm in the Greene King IPA Championship.

Back in October Carnegie earned a 38-36 win over Bedford in a high scoring game at Emerald Headingley.  Mike Mayhew crossed for three tries in that game to deny Bedford their first ever away win over Carnegie.

For Ticket prices please see table below. To book your tickets, all fans will need to book via Bedford’s ticket office on 0871 871 1886 or on their web site, www.bedfordrugby.co.uk . Bedford’s ticket office is open, Monday to Thursday 10am-4pm or Friday, 10am – 1pm. Match-day tickets available three hours before kick-off from Goldington Road entrance. Gates open at 12 noon on the day of the game.

Eagle Stand Ground Entry
Adults £24 £20
Students (under 25) £10 £8
Under 18 £10 £2 (under 4’s free)
Online Adults Only £20 £16


Bedford’s details are:

Ground Address: Bedford Blues, Goldington Road, Bedford, MK40 3NF

Website: www.bedfordrugby.co.uk

Ticket Hotline Number: 0871 871 1886

Car Parking: Parking is available in local car parks around the stadium on the day of the game.

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Bedford Blues 41 Yorkshire Carnegie 22

3rd March 2018 5:09 pm By Phil Daly

Yorkshire Carnegie lost out 41-22 at Bedford Blues having fought back to level the game at 17-17 just after half time thanks to tries from Andy Forsyth and Stevie McColl. However, the home side then pulled clear in the second half to secure victory.

A heroic effort by the Bedford Blues club and their supporters ensured that this Greene King IPA Championship clash went ahead following the midweek snow and freezing temperatures.

With covers on the pitch for over a week and snow and ice cleared from the surface just hours before kick off, the home side were never going to let that effort go to waste and they came out determined from the off. Carnegie thought there were in for an early score for Pete Lucock only to be pulled back for a knock on on halfway.

The visitors were then penalised for holding on and Bedford sensed their chance. Having kicked to the Yorkshire 22, the Blues kept the ball alive through multiple phases and eventually Michael Le Bourgeois went over in the corner. Will Hooley added the conversion to give his side a 7-0 lead after six minutes.

There was an eight minute stoppage in play not long after the try when Bedford back rower Josh Buggea received treatment on the field before eventually being stretchered off. Thankfully he was cleared of any serious injury and was able to rejoin his team mates on the bench after medical attention.

Carnegie got into their stride after that and were soon off the mark. Having gained a penalty on half way at the scrum, they kicked to the corner and gained another penalty for offside in front of the posts as they looked to find a way through. Will Homer kicked the penalty to cut the gap to 7-3 after 12 minutes.

The visitors were then dealt a sucker blow when Bedford crossed for their second try when the ball shot out of a ruck and winger Howard Packman was quickest to react and he ran through untouched to score.

Bedford added a third try five minutes later having gained a penalty in midfield. They kept possession and eventually sheer weight of numbers saw second row Will Carrick-Smith pop up out wide to go over and score. Hooley missed both conversions to leave the score 17-3 after 19 minutes.

Carnegie had a chance to hit back soon after the try when they used the driving maul to great effect, charging 15 metres up field only to be hauled down on the line by Bedford and then see referee Andrew Jackson award the put in to the home side.

It looked as if Carnegie would endure a frustrating half as three more try scoring chances went begging. The first came when Pete Lucock was held up over the line and Bedford pinched the ball at the scrum, then George Watkins broke through and found Stevie McColl but Packman intercepted McColl’s final pass. Then McColl himself went close in the corner only to be denied. However, Yorkshire kept their heads and Callum Irvine chipped over the defence for Andy Forsyth to race through and score. Homer added the conversion to make it 17-10 after 36 minutes.

Yorkshire’s work was not done for the first half yet however as they had to manfully defend their line in the final moments of the half to keep the Blues out.

Carnegie immediately levelled the score inside a minute of the re-start when Richard Beck broke clear before passing to Forsyth who found McColl to finish off. Homer added the conversion to level the score.

The visitors had further chances after that but were unable to capitalise on their territory and Bedford could kick clear to relieve pressure. They went close through Packman, who was held up, and they opted to go for goal from a subsequent penalty that Hooley was successful with to put his side 20-17 in front.

The home side then sealed the victory with two tries either side of the hour mark. The first came when Charlie Beech’s pass was intercepted and the Blues immediately counter attacked to put Packman in for his second try of the game. His opposite winger then grabbed Bedford’s fifth try when Homer was isolated having broken down the blindside. The Blues again reacted quickest and kicked down field. The ball bounced away from McColl and Dean Adamson won the race to touch down. Hooley converted both tries to make it 34-17 to the Blues.

Carnegie got a try back with prop Marc Thomas powered over following tight play by the Yorkshire forwards with ten minutes to go. But that was as close as James Lowes’ side came to a fight back.

Trailing by twelve, they were forced to chase the game late on and Bedford took advantage when skipper Le Bourgeois went over for his side’s sixth try of the game. Hooley added the conversion to make the final score 41-22.

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