Bedford Academy earn convincing win

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Bedford Academy signed off the first half of the season with a convincing 43-15 win at Shelford U21 – their 13th victory in 16 games.

Shelford took an early lead with a penalty but Bedford hit straight back when after strong pressure from the pack, prop Lewis Brunger picked up a loose ball and crashed over.

The Blues pack began to take control. Number 8 Zach Scott-Gray picked up and fed scrum half Dylan Leney who offloaded to winger Stuart Livesey to score in the corner.

The next score also came from a Shelford scrum, won by the Blues. Leney broke blind and hooker Ben Wilkinson went over. Bedford struck again straight from the kick off. Flanker Callum Strachan drove the ball back to set up a good ruck. Martin broke through the middle and Hibberd was on hand to score. Bedford scored their fifth when, after pressure from the forwards, prop Josh Waller went over.

Shelford pulled one back to make it 29-8 at half time.

Shelford continued their fightback with a converted try just after half time before the Blues took control. Centre Cameron Gregory-Ring scored a good try on the blind side, and Chris Easton, moved from fly half to scrum half, went over with a set move from a scrum.

Bedford Academy director Denis Ormesher said: “The pack laid the foundations for the win and gave the older Shelford side a tough time up front.

“It was good to see three players making their debuts settle in well; No 8 Zach Scott-Gray, winger Richard Stewart and fly half Nat Abery, who is still only 17.”