Blues Academy sinks Scottish in battling pre-season win

Bedford Blues Academy fly-half Chris Easton breaks forward against London Scottish. Picture (c) BGR Photography2
Bedford Blues Academy fly-half Chris Easton breaks forward against London Scottish. Picture (c) BGR Photography2

After a tough game against Leinster last week, the Bedford Blues Academy sidecontinued their pre-season preparations with a 29-21 win over London Scottish.

With both sides having large squads, the game was played over three 30 minute periods to give both sets of coaches a chance to look at new players and new combinations.

Bedford made a flying start when, after dominating from the kick-off, they scored a try through hooker Ben Wilkinson after four minutes.

Scottish got back in the game and there was no further score until the end of the period when Wilkinson got his second, after a counter-attack from winger Eric Edwin and a drive from the forwards.

Fly-half Cameron Gregory-Ring converted and the Blues were 12 points ahead at the break.

But Scottish hit back straight from kick-off; Blues sent the kick-off straight to touch, Scottish won the scrum on half way, and ran a back row move to score in the corner.

The try was converted to take the score to 12-7, and Scottish took the lead five minutes later when they counter-attacked for England number 8 Alex Brown to score another converted effort.

Bedford hit back with two quick tries; winger Aaron Martin scored from a set scrum, and hooker Garth Spencer also went over.

Scottish had the final say when they moved the ball wide from a lineout for their full-back to get his second score which was converted to make the score at the end of the period 22-21 to Bedford.

Bedford had the better of a tight third period with a single try from prop Liam Appleton, after a break from flanker Harry Agnew. Winger Scott Lyle converted to make the final score 29-21.

Blues Academy director Denis Ormesher was pleased with his side’s display, saying: “This was a better performance than last week, with the side getting to know each other better.”

He added: “As expected with so many changes the game was a bit disjointed, but it gave us a great opportunity to look at some of our new players in a game situation, and identified what we need to work on in training.

“We play Esher U21s away next week, which will give us a tough challenge again.”