Bedford Blues Women win the league with victory over rivals St Neots

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Bedford Blues Women beat rivals, St Neots 21-7 at Goldington Road to secure the NC2 Midlands South league title at a celebratory Goldington Road on Sunday afternoon.

The win also continues the Women’s 100% record in all competitions this season, with a win over old adversaries, St Neots the icing on the cake.

Defeats for Harpenden at home to Milton Keynes and for Stockwood Park to Hitchin ensured Bedford Blues could not be caught at the top of the league with the side securing nine straight league victories out of nine.

St Neots had beaten the Blues twice in the last campaign and it is a testament to the improvement both on and off the pitch that Bedford have overturned those two losses with three victories this season.

Middleton the key again

The first half an hour proved combative and at times threatened to boil over but the quality shone through thanks in large to the boot of Lucy Middleton.

The Blues fly half has been instrumental this season and it was her two penalties in the space of four minutes that opened up a slender 6-0 lead heading towards the interval.

That lead was extended just before the whistle as Alivia Usher-Harris scored her second try in as many games and although Middleton couldn’t repeat the fate of her penalties, the home side led 11-0 at the break.

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Chloe Flynn-Brown reduced the deficit with a converted try shortly into the second half with St Neots’ first points of the afternoon but a third Middleton penalty took Bedford seven points ahead at 14-7.

Still, both sides were at each other with venom as the second half wore on and with time running out, Bedford Blues rubber stamped the win thanks to a try from Heather Cousins, and although they didn’t know it at the time, it also secured the league title.

Nine league wins from nine and a league title represents a stunning improvement on last season and the hunt for trophies are not over as the Blues host Hucclecote from Gloucestershire in the last 16 of the RFU Junior Cup in a fortnight’s time.

For now though, the champagne will flow as the team celebrate a well-deserved league championship.

 
 
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