Bedford Blues were looking to bounce back from a last minute defeat to Coventry last weekend as they faced Ealing Trailfinders for the second time this season, in wet and blustery conditions, under the lights at Goldington Road.
It was Ealing who took the upper hand from the off as their pack showed their muscle to first overturn a Bedford scrum and then maul their way over the try line for an early score thanks to hooker Matt Cornish.
With conditions worsening by the minute, Bedford responded well by winning a hard fought scrum in the Ealing 22, leading to a pass out wide to Ryan Hutler who dived over in the corner.
The tough conversion chance was missed which left Bedford 5-7 behind with a quarter of the game gone.
The Trailfinders extended their hard-fought lead with a simple penalty converted by Craig Willis to increase the away side’s advantage to 5-10 with quality hard to come by in what were awful conditions for attractive rugby.
With half-time approaching, the immense Ealing pack were in action again with another dominating rolling maul leading to a second try for Cornish.
There was still time for Bedford to gain quick territory, resulting in a penalty that was missed by Ed Coulson leaving Bedford trailing their opposition 5-15 at the interval.
With Bedford kicking into the strong wind after the break, they found it difficult to get out of their own half and a sin-binning for Bedford’s Josh Buggea didn’t help matters as Ealing dominated the early stages.
Despite persistent pressure, Ealing were unable to make their numerical advantage count with both sides battling the conditions as much as each other in a game that remained cagey and error strewn.
The first points of the half were gained with a little over ten minutes remaining as the Trailfinders finally made their dominance pay with a penalty converted by Willis, leaving Bedford with an uphill battle to save the game.
A second yellow card for Bedford, this time for Andrew Boye, left Bedford with 14 men for the remainder of the game, all but sealing their fate as Ealing continued to dominate possession.
It was a game dominated by the weather as it was the Ealing pack, with the Londoners proving too strong at the scrum, succumbing the Blues to an 18-5 defeat and a second loss of the season against the Trailfinders.
That leaves Bedford with just one win from three in the Greene King IPA Championship with tough fixtures at Doncaster and Newcastle Falcons to come.