Blues skipper James Pritchard produced a captain’s display against table-topping Newcastle on Saturday, but it proved to be in vain as his side lost 29-20, writes Michael Hann.
Leading by example Pritchard scored all his side’s points, including two excellent tries, as they fought tirelessly against the Championship leaders.
Despite the result the Canadian international was quick to praise Newcastle for their approach to the game.
“It just shows the difference between a good side and a great side,” Pritchard said afterwards. “They didn’t do anything flashy today. They played a simple gameplan and did everything 100 per cent.”
The turning point of the game came a minute from half time as Newcastle stole their second try of the match and Pritchard admitted it was a bitter pill to swallow.
“It’s a bit of a kick in the guts because we worked so hard,” he said. “It would have been good going in at half time seven points behind and coming down the hill in the second half. We worked hard for those 39 minutes, but a little lapse, ruck-watching, left us short out wide.
“You might be able to get away with that against the lesser sides but a good side like Newcastle are going to punish you for those mistakes.”
“It is disappointing when you look at the score that we have got nothing from the game.”
The Blues ran out in front of more than 4,000 supporters at Goldington Road and Pritchard paid tribute to the fans.
“We know we have got a good supporter base here in Bedford and we would like to see that every week,” he continued.
“The more people that are in here the louder they get and the boys get a real buzz from it.
“They might not think it makes a difference but it does spur you on, especially that last 10 minutes.”
Next up for Bedford are Championship strugglers Doncaster and even though Pritchard will miss the game due to international commitments he has called on his side to get back to winning ways.
“You are only as good as your last game and for us we got beat so the work starts on Monday,” he added.
“We have just got to get back in the saddle and pull out a big effort against Doncaster.”