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