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Bedford Blues 17 vs Nottingham 26 - Match Report

Nottingham finished their Championship campaign on a positive note, winning 17-26 at Bedford.

First half tries from Billy Robinson and Ryan Hough put them in control, with Toby Freeman getting a third early in the second half.

On a ground where they have regularly struggled to get wins the Green and Whites put themselves under even more pressure playing out two spells down to fourteen men, following yellow cards for Conor Carey and Tom Calladine.

The home side fought back to within three points in the second period but Nottingham held their nerve, forcing a couple of late penalties at the scrum for Will Maisey to clinch the win.

An early penalty from Jake Sharp gave Bedford the lead, but Nottingham levelled through Maisey, on as an early replacement for the injured Dan Mugford.

Following Carey's yellow card, they grabbed the first try of the day, powering forward with Sean Romans and Shaun Malton combining well to send full back Robinson in.

Pila Iongi then outpaced the Bedford defence with a thrilling run, the supporting Hough taking a well-timed pass to get a second try, with Maisey's conversion making it 3-15 at the break.

A third try soon followed, Freeman getting the touchdown from an impressive maul, but Nottingham then found themselves under pressure following Calladine's yellow card.

The home side soon capitalised, with Patrick Tapley getting on the end of a sweeping attack and Sharp adding the conversion to make it 10-20.

And Tapley went close again when he chased his own kick through but couldn't quite gather the ball, before grabbing his second of the day to finish the season as Bedford's top try scorer. Sharp's conversion closed the gap to just three points.

But those two penalties from Maisey gave Nottingham the victory.

Four points mean the Green and Whites finish in fifth place in the Greene King IPA Championship table.