Bedford Blues change six for Doncaster trip

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Bedford Blues v Jersey Reds
Bedford Blues v Jersey Reds. Image: Bedford Blues/

Bedford Blues will be heading north again this weekend looking for a second win on the road as they take on Doncaster Knights in the Greene King IPA Championship.

Despite a good performance against Ealing Trailfinders under the Friday night lights at Goldington Road last weekend, two driving maul tries proved to be the difference as the west Londoners took the spoils in an attritional encounter.

With an extra day to recover, the Blues squad have been hard at work this week but know that they will need to be at their best as they take on a Knights’ team which will be looking to bounce back themselves following a 27-0 defeat at Jersey Reds.

Bedford Blues welcome back Will Hooley following his exploits in the World Cup with the USA and he’ll combine with Grayson Hart in the half back combination while Lewis Robling reverts to inside centre.

Upfront, Sean McCarthy returns to the front row while Ed Taylor and Will Carrick Smith make up the second row combination with Huw Worthington coming in at number 8.

Jacob Fields returns to take a place on the bench alongside James Lennon who has recovered from an ankle injury while Saracens youngster Ali Crossdale pulls on the number 23 jersey.

Starting Line-Up:

15. Rich Lane
14. Pat Tapley
13. Matt Worley
12. Lewis Robling
11. Ryan Hutler
10. Will Hooley
9. Grayson Hart

1. Sean McCarthy (capt)
2. Robbie Smith
3. Henry Paul
4. Ed Taylor
5. Will Carrick Smith
6. Dan Temm
7. Joe Atkinson
8. Huw Worthington

Replacements:
16. Jacob Fields
17. Joe Wrafter
18. Andrew Boye
19. Jordan Onojaife
20. Josh Buggea
21. James Lennon
22. Oskar Hirskyj-Douglas
23. Ali Crossdale

Words by Simon Hutchinson