Baldwin back again as Blues prepare for ‘big challenge’

Luke Baldwin is in line for a return to the side
Luke Baldwin is in line for a return to the side

Bedford Blues head coach Mike Rayer is expecting a huge test when his side travel to Yorkshire Carnegie on Sunday.

Both teams have the same amount of points in the Greene King IPA Championship with 31, as Rayer said: “It will definitely be a big challenge on Sunday. “They’re in a similar position to us where a couple of wins propels you up the league or you remain stagnant. So there’s a lot of us in the same boat. We’re all desperate for a few wins to catapult us through to the end of the season.

“However their home form has been very good recently and we’re obviously wary of that.

“We had good preparation last week and we’re into the second week now, so hopefully we can transfer that into three o’clock Sunday and put in a performance that gets some sort of result.”

Only 21 points separates Nottingham in fourth to Plymouth in 12th, and with Bedford sat in the middle of that pack in eighth, a good run of results could see them accelerate up the standings.

The same fixture last season ended in a resounding 50-6 loss for Blues and Rayer is desperate to put that right this time.

He added: “We had a particular hiding up their last year which we’re not proud of so we have got to be at our best this weekend really.”

Former Leicester man Harry Wells is expected to return in the second row whilst scrum-half Luke Baldwin could make his first appearance since December 2013.

The former Saracens number nine has returned to Bedford on loan from Bristol until the end of the season.