Departing Boulton believes Blues answered critics

Rugby coaches are getting support across Sussex
Rugby coaches are getting support across Sussex

Prop Phil Boulton claims Bedford have answered their critics despite crashing out of the playoff semi-finals to Bristol 90-35 on Sunday.

The Blues were beaten 45-19, after already trailing 45-16 from the first leg at Goldington Road the previous weekend.

Boulton said: “We’re still disappointed to lose the game but we come away with pride after the two legs.

“Looking back at the past two or three seasons at where we’ve been, pretty much everyone in the league had writen us off so early on, and we’ve certainly answered our critics.

“Finishing fourth and qualifying for the play-offs is one hell of an achievement.

“There’s a lot of young lads in there who haven’t experienced this before.

“They need to use this experience and really kick on for next season.

“When you come to big stadiums like this with such a great atmosphere, it’s not about intimidation it makes you excited and our game plan was to play with no fear.”

Bedford have achieved some great things this season, reaching the quarter-finals of the B&I cup as well as making the Championship play-offs where they were sent out by the best team in the league.

Looking forward to next season the Blues certainly have a lot to look forward to with the introduction of some fine young talent as well as keeping their main squad players among the side.

Meanwhile, Boulton confirmed earlier on in the season that he would be joining National League One side oventry RFC.

The prop spent eight years at Goldington Road becoming one of the Blues longest serving players.
He added: “It’s been an emotional day wearing the Blues shirt for the last time and I’m leaving with some really great memories.

“One of my greatest memories was when we played Bristol a few years back on Boxing Day.

“It snowed throughout the week before and we had fans shovelling snow off the pitch beforehand.

“Thanks to them the game carried on and we managed to win that game as well.”