Bedford Blues Women have secured a league title in their first full season as a side with a comprehensive 32-0 victory against Shelford Ladies Nomads at Goldington Road on Sunday afternoon.
The Blues have dominated every side in the division, already scoring over 30 points against Shelford twice this season and they repeated the trick this afternoon as they ran in six tries.
Two tries courtesy of powerful rolling mauls gave Bedford an early 12-0 lead before Martina Sharpe put the game out of sight for the visitors as she coasted over in the corner to get Bedford’s third.
The 17-0 half-time score was testament to Bedford’s superiority; the story of their first every season in competitive rugby, with Shelford rarely troubling the Blues’ try line.
Shortly after the break, Bedford had their fourth courtesy of Esme Fish who collected Hunter’s pass after breaking through the Shelford defence before Ellen Walsh scored a fifth.
There was still time for Bedford’s sixth and final try, not before a Shelford player was sin-binned for consistent infringement, but the game was over by that point as the champagne was put on ice.
A team formed in the pandemic show their class
Looking on from the outside, many might see a team that were far too strong for their opponents in this division, but Bedford Blues Women are more than just a rugby side.
Created in the midst of the pandemic, they have had to overcome many hurdles in their formation; and while they will celebrate a league title, they have also contributed vast amounts to the rugby community.
Offering free training sessions for the community, free entry to the the Blues’ iconic Goldington Road ground on matchdays and much more, Bedford Blues Women have done much more than gain a 100% record on the pitch.
They have one more scheduled game, against Letchworth Ladies in a fortnight but will now be preparing for next season as they look to progress further up the Women’s rugby ladder.