The Bedford Blues Academy put in a much improved second half display to secure a 24-10 win over Ealing Academy.
Following a fine win against Wasps last week, and having put more than 40 points over Ealing last month, you might have thought that the scene was set for a comfortable win for the Blues at Goldington Road.
However, a combination of an Ealing side who had different ideas, and a Bedford Academy side who never hit form, resulted in the Blues going in at half time 5-3 up, before an improved second half saw them earn the win.
The Blues managed to get the first score, with hooker Garth Spencer touching down a driven lineout to put his side 5-0 ahead after 20 minutes.
Ealing narrowed the gap five minutes later with a penalty, and the visitors’ defence was more than a match for the Blues throughout the half.
The away team had a great start to the second period when a driven lineout gave them a try in the corner, which they converted to go 10-5 up.
Bedford began to snap out of their lethargy as the half wore on, and they increased the tempo of the game.
A fine try by left winger Will Foster, showing real pace to beat his man, was converted by centre Cameron Gregory-Ring to put the Blues 12-10 up.
Full-back Jack Stapley then scored a try on the opposite wing, with a hand off giving him space to touch down in the corner.
Good work by the Blues pack led to the final try by flanker Tadhg O’Shaughnessy, making his Blues debut. Gregory-Ring converted to wrap up the win.
Blues Academy director Denis Ormesher said: “All credit to Ealing, after losing at home last month, they came to Goldington Road determined to overturn us.
“Their defence, especially in the first half, was strong, and they never allowed our attack to establish a rhythm.
“We were pleased with the way the lads played in the second half, taking much more control of the game, and creating some good opportunities.”
He added: “We were also pleased with how the three lads who played their first game for the Blues performed.”