Blues Academy dig deep to sink the Navy

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The Blues Academy beat the Royal Navy U23 XV 9-0 in a low-scoring affair at a very wet Goldington Road.

Bedford dominated the first 20 minutes but failed to score as a combination of poor ball retention, poor decision making and good Navy defence kept the score sheet clean.

The Navy weathered the storm and pushed into the Blues half, and had a couple of penalty chances to score but missed narrowly, leaving the score 0-0 at half-time.

The second half was more even territorially but it was the Blues who managed to score with two penalties from full-back Liam Shields and one from winger Scott Lyle, to give them a 9-0 win.

Blues Academy director Denis Ormesher said: “Conditions with a wet greasy ball made it difficult for both sides. We should have had two or three scores in the first 20 minutes but took a few wrong options.

“We were pleased with how we did up front against the older Navy team; the RAF U23 XV this Saturday will also be a tough physical game.”

The Blues Academy play away on Saturday against the RAF U23 XV. The game is at RAF Halton in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire and kicks-off at 2pm.

Bedford: Charley Robinson (capt), George Harris, Jack Culverhouse, Sam Copeland, Charley Harvey, Jacob North, Harry Agnew, Rahat Choudhury; Olly Howard, Harry Hutchins; Scott Lyle, Kieran Duffin, Stuart Livesey, Ed Goodman; Liam Shields. Replacements: Aubrey Grimes, Ben Thompson, Henry Peck, Kyron Houston, Callum Strachan, Dylan Leney, Noah Jarvis, Max Titchener: