Blues Academy too strong for Moseley

Blues climb highest to win a lineout. Picture �AlastairRobinson
Blues climb highest to win a lineout. Picture �AlastairRobinson

Bedford Blues Academy thrashed a young Moseley side 29-0 at Goldington Road after opening up a 12-0 lead at half-time.

Bedford took an early lead after five minutes when a driving lineout was touched down by second row Sam Copeland.

The Blues had the chance to go further ahead five minutes later but failed to score from a two-on-one overlap.

Moseley put the Blues under pressure and stopped them developing phases, but Bedford went further ahead when flanker Callum Strachan fed number 8 Oli Robinson who scored under the posts. Centre Cameron Gregory-Ring converted to give the Blues a 12-0 lead.

The second half started with a gift from Moseley; a poor kick out of defence was fielded by winger Will Foster, who showed real pace to cut through the Moseley defence to score under the posts. Gregory-Ring converted and the Blues were 19 points ahead.

Five minutes later, scrum-half Olly Venni scored in the corner with men to spare.

Bedford finished the game with their best try; a lineout was won in the Moseley 22 on the right hand side and the ball was moved through five phases before centre Nico Defeo went over in the corner.

Bedford Academy director Denis Ormesher said: “It was good to welcome Moseley to Goldington Road and to renew games with them after a break of a few years.

“Moseley were younger and smaller than the Blues and yet they made it tough for us to establish any rhythm in the first half.

“Although the win was pleasing, at times the performance was not. Our finishing was not clinical enough and we butchered three or four other chances to score.

“This was a good reminder that we need to be more clinical when we create overlaps, and that patience is needed to build pressure.

“With players missing due to injury, it was good to see some of the new lads settle in well. Our defence worked well and it is always pleasing to keep a clean sheet.”