The Blues Academy sign off with a win

Olly Venni bagged a hat-trick for the Blues Academy against London Scottish. Picture (c) Alastair Robinson

Olly Venni bagged a hat-trick for the Blues Academy against London Scottish. Picture (c) Alastair Robinson

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The Blues Academy ended their 15-a-side season with a narrow 27-24 away victory over London Scottish.

Scottish took an early lead with a penalty after three minutes, but Bedford scored their first try after 20 minutes when hooker Ben Wilkinson went over to give the Blues the lead which they held for the rest of the game.

Scrum-half Olly Venni scored two tries in quick succession to give the Blues a 15-3 lead before Scottish narrowed the gap with a converted try from their centre to make the half-time score 15-10.

Bedford had a strong start to the second half with a try from full-back Max Titchener, but Scottish hit back straight from the kick-off to narrow the gap to 20-17.

The Blues were quick to bounce back when Venni got his third try, converted by Titchener, to give Bedford a 27-17 lead with 20 minutes to go.

The Blues held on to the lead until the last minute when the Exiles scored a converted try to make the final score 27-24 to Bedford.

Bedford Academy director Denis Ormesher said: “This was the second very narrow win against London Scottish this season.

“We scored five good tries but only converted one. With Scottish converting all three of their tries they made it a tight game.

“It was good to see the players returning from injury getting back into the game, without any ill effects, and the guys who made their debuts off the bench all did well – with flanker Rahat Choudhury playing most of the game, and impressing.”

“We were pleased to finish the 15-a-side season with a good performance, and a win. The squad have played well over the season and, with three wins against Premiership RFU-funded academies, this is probably our best ever season in terms of results.”

“We now go into two hard weeks of training in preparation for a new challenge – the Bedford Blues Invitation U19 10-a-side tournament which takes place at Goldington Road on Sunday April 26.”

Bedford: Josh Waller, Ben Wilkinson, Hayden King, Joe Brock, Jacob Moody, Ollie Robinson, Nick Pritchard, Zach Scott-Grey; Olly Venni, Chris Easton (capt); Luke Hibberd , Cameron Gregory-Ring, Cameron Clarke, Ben Meaden. Replacements: Aubrey Grimes, Liam Appleton, Charley Robinson, Tim Herbert, Rahat Choudhury, Ryan Hutler; Michael Philips, Alfie Burton, Max Titchener: