Another defeat results in cup exit for Blues

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Bedford Blues hosted Coventry on Saturday afternoon at Goldington Road, hoping to make amends for the drubbing at the hands of Ealing Trailfinders last weekend.

The opening stages were dominated by the red of Coventry with a certain try illegally denied by Pat Tapley ten minutes in, earning the winger a trip to the sin bin.

With the Blues down to 14 men early on, Coventry continued to pile on the pressure resulting in an 11th minute try for Henry Purdy to give the hosts an early and deserved lead.

Coventry were unable to make their advantage count any further, with the return of Tapley from the bin helping Bedford to create their first period of attack in the game; but an ambitious cross-field kick came to nothing.


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Despite another promising spell of attacking play, Coventry scrum half Pete White intercepted a pass in his own half and despite a straight sprint between him and Matt Worley, White just about scrambled over the line to extend Coventry’s lead to 10-0.

With half time approaching, the Blues gifted a third try to Coventry with Max Trimble intercepting another wayward pass to walk in under the posts.

Jennings nailed his first conversion of the afternoon to give Coventry a comfortable 17-0 lead at the break.

Bedford came out of the blocks in quick fashion in the second half, with a devastating break from Tapley giving the crowd some hope but with the try line beckoning, Tapley was penalised for holding on to the ball and the pressure disappeared.

The Blues rang the changes with half an hour remaining including Samoan debutant Alafoti Fa’osiliva but despite ten minutes of possession, the Coventry defence stood firm to stop Bedford getting on the scoreboard.

However, it was not long before Bedford did score their first points of the game, with a quick flowing move resulting in a try for James Lennon.

Will Hooley missed the conversion, leaving the deficit at 12 points with 15 minutes remaining.

A penalty from the boot of Rory Jennings extended Coventry’s lead to 20-5, and with ten minutes remaining, the road back was long for the hosts.

Despite some late charges towards the Coventry try line, Bedford were unable to add to their score.

Bedford’s momentary surge came to an abrupt end as Coventry scored a fourth try; Max Trimble scoring his second of the game.

There was still time for Coventry to rub salt into Bedford’s wounds with a fifth try; Henry Purdy capitalising on a weary defence to run in under the posts.

Despite a consolation try for Charlie Reed, Bedford will be disappointed with another lacklustre performance, crashing out of the cup with their fifth defeat in five pool game fixtures.

A final score of 37-12 was befitting of another poor afternoon for the Blues, with their final Championship Cup group game against Ampthill at Dillingham Park next weekend nothing more than a chance to get back to winning ways with pride.

The Blues welcome Ampthill back to Goldington Road on Boxing Day, looking to inject some life into what has been a brutally disappointing league campaign so far.