Blues hoping to bounce back

Bedford Blues
Bedford Blues

Bedford Blues are looking to mix it up ahead of this weekend’s IPA Championship clash at home to Plymouth Albion with director of rugby Mike Rayer hoping for a reaction following last week’s defeat at Moseley.

Blues could give a debut to new signing Harry Wells, who has joined on loan from Leicester, as Rayer admitted he will be looking to make changes.

He said: “There could well be some changes ahead of Plymouth, we weren’t best pleased with the performance in Birmingham.

“It’s not like we are picking from a massive squad though, we are where we are at the moment but we’ve got players here good enough to come in and make a difference.

“There will be a few changes because we feel that’s appropriate and hopefully that will provide us with a reaction.

“Harry has only had one training session with us so far but he’s in this week and hopefully he’ll be involved in this weekend’s match day 22.”

Rayer also expressed his frustration with the Blues squad following their recent form which has seen Bedford pick up just one win in six.

He added: “They just need to sort themselves out, they’re sulking and it’s not good enough, we need to show a bit of pride and a bit of passion.

“We’ve been here before, we need to bounce back and I’ve no doubt we’ll do that this weekend.”

Albion will arrive this Saturday full of confidence after getting a good result against Nottingham – and Rayer is aware of their threat, adding: “They’ve had some real good result this year and they will come here with no real pressure on them.

“They like to play ball in hand anyway, they’ll see this weekend as a real opportunity to come and stick one over on us.

“Our home form has been good since Christmas, that’s something we hang our hat on and we always enjoy playing in front of our own fans.”

Bedford kick off against Plymouth at Goldington Road on Saturday at 3pm.