The Blues Academy lost 34-17 to the RFU-funded Wasps Academy by at Maidenhead on Friday night.
After gifting Wasps three tries in the first half to go in 19-3 down at half-time, Bedford improved their performance to score a couple of good tries in the second half. However, Wasps scored a good try in the opening and closing minutes of the half to end as deserved winners.
Bedford started well and dominated territory for the first 15 minutes but were unable to capitalise other than with a penalty from centre Liam Shields.
Straight from the kick-off Wasps hit back when a Blues counter-attack was caught, Wasps took possession and scored to go 5-3 ahead. Wasps scored two further tries, both due to poor Bedford defence, to lead 19-3 at half-time.
Wasps had a dream start to the second half when they scored straight from the kick-off to go 24-3 up, but with the Blues facing a big defeat they finally woke up and began playing with more tempo.
Flanker Rahat Choudray led the way with some strong runs, and turned over a number of Wasps balls; second row Jacob Moody began to dominate the lineout, and the Blues back line began to go forward with more purpose.
Moody scored a good try from broken play following a lineout, converted by Shields, and Shields showed good pace and footwork to score and convert, to put Bedford within one score at 24-17.
But Wasps managed to take back the initiative and a penalty with a few minutes to go gave them a two-score gap, before a fine run by their right winger was rewarded with a try in injury time, which was converted to give Wasps the deserved win.
Blues Academy director Denis Ormesher said: “Games against one of the RFU-funded Premiership Academies are always a great test for the Blues Academy.
“Wasps are a strong side and have had wins against Llanelli Scarlets, Cardiff Blues and Bath Academy already this season.”
He continued: “We gifted three first half tries to Wasps due to poor defence, and gave them a head start we were always chasing. The performance in the second half was much better.
“We put Wasps under pressure and began to play with more tempo and attacked with a lot more purpose. If our lads begin to believe in themselves more, and put together this sort of performance for the whole game, they could develop into an effective side.”
This was the first of three tough games in nine days for the Blues Academy, with games scheduled against the Royal Navy U23 XV at home on Wednesday, k/o 7.30pm, and away on Saturday against the RAF U23 XV (k/o 2pm).
Bedford: Charley Robinson (capt), George Harris, Henry Peck, Sam Copeland, Jacob Moody, Callum Strachan, Rahat Choudhury, Harry Peterkin; Dylan Leney, Ben Phillips; Liam McStay, Harry Hutchins, Liam Shields, Ross Taylor; Max Titchener: Replacements: Tom Kelly, Oliver Pescott-Frost, Leon Patel-Champion, Kyron Houston, Jacob North, Reuben Pritchard, Olly Howard, Charley Blower, James Mellish.