Jones is ready to bounce back following ‘disappointing’ defeat

Dean Adamson in action for the Blues against Cross Keys
Dean Adamson in action for the Blues against Cross Keys

Bedford Blues fly-half Steffan Jones was left ‘extremely disappointed’ after his side lost 22-23 to Cross Keys on Saturday via a last minute try and conversion in the British and Irish Cup.

Leon Andrews’ last minute try condemned Bedford to their second defeat in the B&I cup this season, and the Blues know they must go to Doncaster next week and win if they are to keep their hopes of cup success alive.

Jones, who played for Cross Keys last season, said: “We’ve lost both games in this competition in the last two minutes, it’s extremely disappointing.

“I thought we had it in the bag after the opening 20 minutes, but you obviously can’t sit back on the score you’ve built up, and if you do, that’s what happens in the last two minutes.”

Tries from Dean Adamson, James Pritchard – who was playing his 250th game – and Nick Fenton-Wells meant Bedford were 19-3 ahead after just 16 minutes, and it looked like the hosts would get a comfortable win on Ladies’ Day, but the Welsh Principality side fought back to snatch victory.

Jones added: “After the first 20 minutes you may have been forgiven for thinking it could be a cricket score.

“They came back into it before the break and we adjusted at half-time and fronted back up after the break.

“We played a certain game plan last week and twinged it a bit for this but we weren’t able to deliver on it. It’s a bit disappointing in the manner they won it, and that’s very frustrating, but that’s rugby for you.

“The small margins of defeat in the previous two weeks are tough to take, but you can’t sit back on anything and take a lead for granted.”

He continued: “Maybe in the last two weeks we’ve done that and then in the last few minutes we’ve lost the game.”

Bedford will now travel to Castle Park next Saturday to face a Doncaster team who have won both their matches in Pool 4, but Jones is determined to get a win.

“We need to go to Doncaster next week and front up. I assure you all the boys will come in next week fresh and desperate to put things right where we’ve been going wrong the last couple of matches.

“We’ve had two bad defeats that we shouldn’t have lost, but that’s been and gone now and I’m sure we will sort it out.”