Blues are edged out in a thriller at Jersey

Blues battled hard but were narrowly beaten. Picture (c) June Essex
Blues battled hard but were narrowly beaten. Picture (c) June Essex

Bedford Blues tasted defeat on the road against Jersey on Saturday afternoon, but it was a game that really could have gone either way.

The Blues scored three tries, with two coming from Dean Adamson and one from Mike Howard, but the home team made good use of their forwards to snatch the win with a fourth try late on.

Much like the game against London Welsh, Blues found themselves three tries down in the opening half an hour, and Bedford’s cause wasn’t helped with three players having to go off injured. A collision between Mike Le Bourgeois and Sam Blanchet saw both men forced off while Ollie Dodge also received a knock which saw him replaced.

Jersey went 7-0 up when Gary Graham crashed over from a driving maul, with Brendan Cope adding the extras, before a break from Nick Haining set up a good Jersey attack with Tom Howe dotting down under the posts giving Cope a simple conversion.

Steffan Jones got the scoreboard rolling for the Blues with a well struck penalty but Jersey extended their lead as Haining scored and Cope converted once again.

Bedford soon scored their first try of the afternoon through Howard, with Myles Dorrian adding the extras to cut the deficit to 21-10.

Soon afterwards, Adamson went over and Dorrian converted to make it 21-17 at the break.

After the interval, Cope converted a penalty only for that to be cancelled out by another strike from Jones to bring the score to 24-17.

Bedford levelled the score as Adamson streaked clear and Dorrian converted to make it 24-24, before the sides exchanged penalties.

It was Jersey who bagged the win, though, as Charlie Butterworth notched the final try of the game and Cope converted to make it 34-27.