The Blues Academy scraped a narrow win over Loughborough University U21, in monsoon-like weather at Goldington Road on Saturday.
Down by five points to three at half-time, the Blues scored early in the second half to win 8-5 in a low-scoring affair.
The game started – after a one minute’s silence in recognition of Remembrance Sunday – in very heavy rain, which persisted for much of the game.
Handling for both sides was extremely difficult, as the ball – like the proverbial bar of soap – skidded around on the greasy Goldington Road playing surface.
Bedford took the lead after 30 minutes with a penalty from winger Scott Lyle.
However, the students hit back when a well-placed kick forced Bedford to kick for touch and conceded a lineout to Loughborough on the Blues 22.
James Thacker, the England U16 international number 8 from two years ago, won the ball at the back of the line and ran 20m, without being touched, to score in the corner.
That made the score 5-3 to Loughborough at half-time.
Bedford started the second half well and pinned the students down in their 22 straight from the kick-off.
The Blues won a 5m lineout and, after a series of drives, prop Hayden King went over in the corner to put Bedford 8-5 ahead, which remained the final score.
Blues Academy director Denis Ormesher said: “The conditions in the first half made it very difficult to play any rugby.
“It was never going to be a high scoring game, and was a very close game, which either side could have won.
“The game left us with some mixed feelings; on one hand we made too many mistakes, and did not control the game as well as we would have liked.
“On the other hand we got a win against an older side, in terrible weather, playing badly.
“If the old cliché that a good side is one that wins when they are playing badly is true, then we are glad to take the win and learn from it.