Nottingham Rugby went down to a 14-9 defeat away at Bedford
Blues in some of the most horrific weather you can imagine.
The Green and Whites were by far, the superior side in the first
half as they used the slope and the calmer conditions to their
They built a 6-0 lead through the boot of Matthew Jarvis but
went in at the break leading 6-3 after Pritchard hit a penalty for
The heavens opened during half time, so Nottingham had to deal
with the infamous slope, the weather and a now rampant Bedford
Bedford clawed their way back into the match via the boot of
Pritchard and scored the only of try of the game through Vermolen
to take them 11-6 ahead.
Another penalty from Pritchard completed their scoring.
Nottingham scored a further penalty through Jarvis but were
unable to trouble the Bedford line sufficiently enough to overturn
A bonus point was the least the team deserved after one of their
better performances of the season.
Full match report by ANDI STARR
It was another afternoon of frustration for Nottingham as they
went down to another defeat, this time at Bedford's Goldington Road
where the home side held on in the closing stages for a 14-9
As if playing up that infamous slope, and into a strong wind,
was not bad enough, Nottingham also had some atrocious weather to
contend with as a storm at half time almost saw the game called
off, soon followed by yet another yellow card.
With first use of that slope, and wind, they built up a 6-0
lead, with Matt Jarvis slotting over a couple of penalties, only to
see James Pritchard halve that lead with his first penalty.
A three-point lead at Goldington Road, with the slope to come in
the second half, is rarely enough, and so it proved as Blues played
the conditions perfectly and pinned Nottingham in the bottom corner
for long spells.
In such appalling conditions it was inevitable that controlling
the ball would be a big problem, and knock-ons and handling errors
from both sides made for a disjointed game.
Nottingham's second half task was difficult enough, but Alex
Shaw's sin-binning five minutes in for obstruction made it a good
Pritchard levelled the scores from the resulting penalty, and
Blues made their numerical advantage count as they forced a couple
of close range scrums.
This brought them the only try of the game when No 8 Joe
Vandermolen brushed the Nottingham back row aside to cross to make
Another Pritchard penalty gave the home side a 14-6 lead, but
Nottingham did well to hold them out for the remainder of the
It was they who finished the game on the attack and they put
together a good chance to at least snatch a draw in the closing
After Jarvis had landed his third penalty the Nottingham pack
put together a strong maul, but the Bedford defence matched it and
forced them into touch.
Nottingham stole the resulting lineout though and hooker Alun
Walker powered forward only for Sacha Harding to tackle him into
Although a losing bonus point was the least they deserved for
another improved performance, sadly it was a game dictated more by
the conditions than the quality of the rugby, the result,
consequently, little more than a lottery.