Blues continue fine form to beat Ampthill in Battle of Bedfordshire

Bedford Blues at Ampthill's Olney Field in the Championship
Image: Bedford Blues / 'X'

Bedford Blues won their fifth consecutive game in the Championship after fighting past a belligerent Ampthill in the latest instalment of the Battle of Bedfordshire on Saturday at the Olney Field.

A record attendance of 2,837 at Ampthill witnessed a typically close encounter but it was the Blues who would take home the spoils in a 31-22 victory.

The home side were the ones to take the lead after just five minutes after the Blues allowed a long kick to bounce, and it was Ampthill’s Oli Morris who capitalised, kicking it on for Fraser Strachan to touch down.

Going behind early seems to be a recurring theme for Mike Rayer’s side but what is also a common feature is a try for Seán French; the Irishman levelling the scores with his 13th try of the season, becoming the division’s leading try scorer in the process.

A vast period of pressure then ensued for Ampthill, but the Blues defence were steadfast and full of courage, and their reward for keeping the hosts out came when Jamie Elliott took the visitors into the lead.

Elliott was the benefactor of a great run from the impressive Joe Howard and scrambled over for his first try of the season, but they were unable to take the lead into the break as Ampthill’s captain, Gwyn Parks scored moments before the half-time whistle.

Louis Grimoldby had a solid game at fly half Image: Bedford Blues / ‘X’

Blues class shines through

Parks would give the hosts the lead early in the second half from the tee, but from there it became the Bedford Blues show.

Louis Grimoldby, in at fly half for Maisey – who by this stage was on the pitch at inside centre – charged down a kick and ran in the try himself as the Blues found another gear.

Henry Pollock was in the tries once again with a stunning try to extend the lead and when Joe Howard scored what was a deserved try of his own, the Blues led 31-15 and it seemed a long way back for the hosts.

More courageous defending from the visitors kept Ampthill out until the last play of the game when Brandon Jackson scored in the corner but it was not enough as the Blues held on for 31-22 win.

It provides another bonus point victory for Bedford Blues who temporarily rise to second in the Championship table ahead of Doncaster Knights and Nottingham.

Next up, Bedford Blues host Coventry on a New Year’s Day bonanza at Goldington Road. Tickets are still available to purchase here.

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