Blues sail past lacklustre Nottingham at blustery Goldington Road

Dean Adamson has been in fine try-scoring form of late (Image: Bedford Blues / Claire Jones)

At a cold and blustery Goldington Road, the Blues welcomed old rivals Nottingham looking to bounce back from last weekend’s defeat at Cornish Pirates.

With four homegrown Bedford players in the starting line-up for the first time ever, it was a proud day for the club, with the side looking to climb from sixth in the Championship table.

Playing in their charity pink kit in aid of Prostate Cancer UK, Bedford dominated the ball in the first ten minutes and their persistence was rewarded with an eighth minute try from Dean Adamson.

The visitors hit back immediately with a penalty from Elliot Bale; a tally that was doubled on the twenty minute mark as Nottingham’s penalty count continued to grow.

With Bedford leading 7-6, the weather was beginning to play a part; as kicks were spilled and passes went astray as the game became increasingly scrappy.

There are however a group of Bedford backs who can always be relied on for a moment of brilliance, and what followed was the product of the famous Blues innovation.

Will Maisey’s quick line out opened up an opportunity before Rich Lane’s speculative kick forward was collected by Dean Adamson to spread it out wide, where Jamie Elliott emphatically dived over for Blues’ second try.

Penalty count threatens to derail Blues

For all the adventure shown by the back line, Bedford just could not escape their opponents; a consistent flurry of penalties gifting Nottingham their own opportunities.

The visitors didn’t make the most of their chances though with Bedford going into the break 14-9 in front.

In customary style, however, Bedford came flying out of the blocks in the second half; Dean Adamson claiming his second try of the game as the ball flowed out to the left wing once more.

The Blues were still attempting the adventurous; with tap penalties at the forefront but Nottingham were not letting their hosts get away from them with a dogged defence of their own.

For all of Bedford’s endeavour, the penalty count kept rising but the visitors simply couldn’t get close to the host’s 22 in response.

With the windy weather beginning to wreak havoc, Bedford’s running game began to come in handy, and it was rewarded with the bonus point try, scored and converted by Will Maisey.

With a 26-9 lead, many would have been forgiving if Mike Rayer’s side merely played out the remaining ten minutes, but their attacking intent continued to the end.

It looked as if the Blues’ best chance in the final ten minutes was to be wasted by Tui Uru – who dropped the ball with the try line in his sights – but Dean Adamson avenged it by completing his hat-trick moments later.

The try scoring was not done either, as Pat Tapley got in on the act to seal a 40-9 victory on a perfect afternoon for Bedford Blues.

It was a deserved victory for the home side, despite their first half indiscretions; their flair too much for a beleaguered Nottingham team who barely threatened the Bedford try line.

There were shock results elsewhere in the Championship, with league leaders Ealing Trailfinders falling 22-5 to Doncaster, while second placed Cornish Pirates also lost at Jersey.

Bottom side London Scottish were 36-23 victors against Coventry while Ampthill were humbled 39-24 at home to Hartpury.

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