Crusaders 17 Bedford Athletic 20

Bedford Athletic’s second team had to wait until the final play of the match to secure victory at Crusaders by 20 points to 17.

The visitors trailed 5-0 early on in Norwich as the home side scored in the third minute. It was 19 minutes before Bedford Athletic got on the scoresheet with a try to Richie Ellingham but almost immediately the good work was undone as the home side scored their second try. A Lewis Lancaster penalty narrowed the gap to 10-8 at half time. The second half began as poorly as the first did with a third try conceded, this time converted and Bedford Athletic then did well to survive a period down to fourteen men with George Murray being sin binned. Although they trailed 17-8 going into the final stages of the match it was the visitors who finished the stronger. Kieran Deans crossed for an unconverted try with ten minutes remaining and then in the final play of the match the same player crossed for the winning score which was converted by Lancaster for a 20-17 victory.

Failing to secure the try bonus point drops the team to fourth place in the table but with a game in hand against the sides directly ahead of them, Newmarket and Woodbridge. The fight for promotion continues with the visit of Mersea Island to Putnoe Wood this coming Saturday.