On Saturday, Nottingham narrowly lost a nine-try thriller to the still unbeaten at home Bedford Blues at Goldington Road.

Both teams have started their season strong, and both sat in the top half of the league table going into the weekend.

It took a while for either side to get on the scoresheet, but after half an hour Harry Clayton got over the line to put the visitors ahead.

Bedford fought back though, and less than ten minutes later they had built a nine-point lead thanks to tries from Luke Frost and Joey Conway.

A penalty kicked by Will Maisey in the 39th minute meant the home side though they were going into the break with a comfortable 17-5 lead, but Nathan Tweedy finished off an excellent driving maul on the stroke of half time to bring the gap back to just five points.

After the break, Bedford seemed to retake control of the game. A couple of tries and another penalty gave them a 32-17 lead going into the final ten minutes. However, that was when Nottingham mounted their comeback attempt.

With seven minutes to go, Michael Stronge finished off a swift counter attacking move, and then Jack Neville took advantage of a poor kick through from Michael Le Bourgeois to make it a one-point game heading into the final minutes.

Unfortunately, the Green and Whites were unable to find that last score that would have put them over the top.

Despite the loss, Craig Hammond’s men still walked away from this game with two bonus points and can be full of confidence going into next week’s home clash with Jersey Reds.