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Bedford 26-17 Nottingham Rugby LIVE! FT

Bedford Blues secured a deserved 26-17 victory to take into the second leg of the RFU Championship semi-final after a dominant display against Nottingham Rugby.

 

Bedford were the better side throughout the contest and it's only thanks to a James Arlidge charge down and superiority in the scrum that Nottingham return to Meadow Lane still in this tie.

Bedford dominated possession and territory throughout the match and will be disappointed not to have put this semi final out of Nottingham's reach.


Credit to Nottingham for playing right to the end and for some sterling effort in defence though.

 

 

Nottingham take on Bedford in the first leg of their RFU Championship play-off semi final.

Keep an eye here for live updates.

 

15:00  And we're underway at Goldington Road...


15:03  Bedford start brightly and threaten early on, but David Jackson is back to deal with the threat.  Bedford lineout on the Nottingham line...

 

15:06  Bedford steal a Nottingham line-out and make a good break through the centre.  A knock on sees the first scrum of the day...

 

15:09  Bedford continue to look to go through the hands.  Nottingham defence is being tested early on here...

 

15:10  Nottingham dominate in the scrum and walk Bedford backwards leading to a penalty.  Arlidge finds a good touch from the penalty...

 

15:11  A Nottingham back move breaks down after a huge hit.  Bedford win the turnover...

Apologies for the disruption, Twitter feed was lost...

 

Bedford 3 - 3 Nottingham - penalties from Arlidge and Dorian see the scores level...

 

 15:19  Dorian adds another penalty to make it 6-3...

 

15:22  Nottingham dominate in the scrum again as the rain begins to fall...

 

15:23  Nottingham win a penalty with another dominant scrum...

 

15:25  Nottingham make headway into the Beford 22 but a great steal from Cochrane wins a turnover...


15:27  Bedford blow a chance to extend their lead by taking a quick penalty which results in a knock on...

 

 15:28  Nottingham make a mess of clearing their lines from a scrum.  Lineout to Bedford deep in Nottingham territory...

 

15:29  A repeat of the play before sees Bedford have another chance from the lineout...

 

15:31  Bedford continue to try to up the tempo with a quick line-out, but a wild forward pass hands possession back to Nottingham...

 

15:33  Nottingham win another penalty at the scrum...

 

15:35  Nottingham threaten the Bedford line for the first time in the game.  Another turnover sees Bedford break away but the chip ahead goes into touch... 

 

15:37  Bedford defence keeps Nottingham pinned back around halfway...

 

15:38  Nottingham pinned for 'truck and trailer' in a maul.  Dorian going for goal from some distance...

 

15:39  Myles Dorian makes it 9-3 with a successful kick...

 

15:39  James Arlidge with a charge down, grubber through and the finish.  TRY for Nottingham!!!

 

15:40  Arlidge adds the conversion to make it Bedford 9-10 Nottingham just before half time.

 

 HT  Bedford 9-10 Nottingham.  In truth Nottingham are lucky to be ahead as Bedford have dominated possession and territory.  Green and White defence has been impressive though.  Time for a coffee...


A HUGE second half awaits us at Goldington Road...

The teams are back out, here we go...


16:00  James Arlidge gets the second half underway...

 

16:01  Bedford get their payback as Arlidge is charged down by Atkinson, who gathers well and scores under the posts.  Dorian slots the conversion to make it 16-10...

 

16:03  Bedford have the bit between their teeth following their try.  Looking threatening...


16:04  Handbags following a well contested ruck.  Nottingham scrum...

 

16:05  Romans kicks the ball out on the full, handing the advantage back to Bedford... 


16:06  Nottingham steal the lineout though and Arlidge makes a good clearance...


16:08  Fanatastic work by Lewington and Jackson gives Forsyth a chance to score, but he knocks on as he tries to score...


16:11  Nottingham launch an attack, then Bedford counter.  The game is opening up...


16:12  Nottingham looking to play from deep now that the sun is out...


16:14  Nottingham are lying all over the ball at a ruck and it's a penalty to Bedford...


16:15  Dorian pushes his shot wide.  Still 16-10...


16:17  Dorian gets a talking to for taking a player out in the air.  Nottingham penalty in their own half...


16:18  Nottingham look good going forward, but are penalised for not releasing...


16:19  Nic Rouse gets a telling off for a high shot.  Kickable penalty for Bedford...

16:20  Dorian is on target this time.  Bedford 19-10 Nottingham...


16:22  Nottingham run out of ideas following a number of phases and Bedford again make the turnover...


16:24  TRY for Bedford from Ben Ransom.  Bedford kept possession for several phases before releasing the backs.  Ransom showed good feet to  cut inside his man and sprinting in.  Bedford 24-10 Nottingham...


16:25  Dorian adds the conversion to make it 26-10...


16:26  Nottingham sub, Rupert Cooper off, Tom Calladine on...


16:30  Nottingham looking to force it too much now and handling errors are increasing...


16:32  Sustained Bedford pressure again.  Nottingham need to get a foothold back in this match...


16:34  Nottingham give away another penalty for being offside,  Another easy shot for Dorian... 


16:35  Dorian pushes the shot wide.  Still 26-10...


16:40  Man of the Match - Bedford Number 10 Myles Dorrian...


16:42  Nottingham push hard but are held up in midfield,  Another penalty though...


16:43  Bedford collapse the maul and Boulton gets a yellow card...


16:44  PENALTY TRY!  Nottingham reduce the aggregrate score for the second leg with a penalty try following a demolition job on the Bedford scrum.  Arlidge slots the conversion.  26-17.


FT  Bedford 26-17 Nottingham Rugby

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