Blues bounce back to batter Albanians in second clash

Pat Tapley looked sharp for Bedford against OAs
Pat Tapley looked sharp for Bedford against OAs

Bedford Blues responded in style with a 20-0 win over Old Albanians after drawing 5-5 against Ampthill.

The Blues didn’t take long to get the first points on the scoreboard after debutant Joel Conlon took advantage of a defensive error by their opponents.

Bedford included a few new signings in their second pre-season game of the tri- tournament and were soon back in the driving seat, looking for another try.

Pat Tapley took advantage of a scrappy attack from the opposition and used his lighting speed to break with the ball before offloading to Jordan Burns who knocked on just 5m from the line

The second try for the Blues came just before the 15 minute mark after a superb break by new boy Conlon who offloaded the ball to Burns. He made ground before popping the ball to Steffan Jones who finished with aplomb.

Conversions and penalty kicks were not included in these 40 minute matches and this definitely helped the tempo of the game throughout.

Old Albanians failed to take advantage of any offensive scrums; they had numerous attacks within the last 15m but their poor discipline in open play cost them dearly.

The Blues introduced two more new faces half-way through the match, sending on new boys Sam Blanchet and Piers O’Connor.

OAs prematurely celebrated a try after grounding the ball in the 25th minute but the referee deemed that Chris May had passed forward.

The St Albans club didn’t really show much on the attacking side of the game and this was their only real chance to test the Blues.

However, Blues scrum-half Jordan Burns definitely impressed the 1,564 fans at Goldington Road on his debut, pouncing on a loose ball just inside Bedford’s 22 before sprinting over to ground the third try for the home team.

Billy Harding then split the OAs defence and unselfishly popped the ball to Jones to ground the ball and complete the scoring.

Bedford: 15. Steffan Jones, 14. Pat Tapley, 13. Henry Staff (Piers O’Conor), 12. Myles Dorrian (Sam Blanchet), 11. Elliot Clement-Hill, 10. Jake Sharp, 9. Jordan Burns; 1. Jack Culverhouse, 2. Billy Harding, 3. Phil Boulton, 4. Paul Tupai, 5. Mark Flanagan, 6. Brian Tuilagi, 7. Nick Fenton Wells (c), 8. Joel Conlon.