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By Blues Brother
December 16 2019
Have we turned the corner? We should have won at Ampthill - only to go down 17-14 - but it was a much better performance and one we can build on when we host the same opoosition on Boxing Day in a far more important league game.
Jamed Lennon gave us an early lead from short rfaneg and our otehr score came ftom a penaltlyu try courtesy fp pressure form a hard working pack.
Sadly we were punished for the odd mistake but we can go into Christmas in much better heart.
A big crowd is expected for that game with tickets going fast. They can be bought online as can all the home games in 2020.
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Anybody who saves positives can be taken from defeat is deluded. You can take negatives from a defeat and turn them into positives that's the way it should work. We don't seem to be able to do that at the moment as we rectify a negative and two more come along
I don't blame the players, why would you not want to move to a club like Bedford. I don't blame the coaches if they're not getting the 'support' they need to buy decent players or replace those who have left.
What to do?
I'm in total agreement with you on this Luton Blue. Here's my take on what has happened at our club this season:-
We know that Geoff Irvine is standing down from his role with Championship Rugby at the end of this season. What if he is also standing down from his role at Bedford Rugby Club? If he is, what would he want his lasting legacy to be? Leaving the club 'in the black' and solvent - a complete contrast to when he became actively involved in the running of the club?
In order that the books should show a profit in 2019/20 he would need to be prudent with spending this season, hence a smaller squad with no large salaries on marque players. He would also have taken into consideration the awful plight of the 'club' (?) based in Leeds and banked on it being a relegation certainty.
At the end of his term GI would then take a bow and leave the club in a sound financial state as a Championship side. Some will want to congratulate him for this skilful management whilst others will be critical of this cynical disregard of the loyal club supporters. The adage, "He who pays the piper calls the tune", is very true in the situation at Bedford Rugby Club (any many others too).
All we have to do on Boxing Day is take a minimum of four points out of the game and we open up an eleven point gap between us and the relegation spot. Five points and we leapfrog Ampthill and things look better still. Simples.
We can't rely on Leeds staying where they are, what happens when they start getting in loan players in after Christmas, which they surely will ( Hartputy springs to mind). Bedford will be in serious trouble.
No excuses, that was a shambles!!
Looking at the lack of investment this year and the people I have heard it from I think this may be more than just a rumour. Lets hope so.
I was thinking, the next home game would be the perfect occasion for Rayer and Co to step down from the bird box to ‘So Long, Farewell’, from The Sound of Music over the tannoy. No point in dragging it out
Oh dear. Apart from the last 15 mins of 1st half when our scrum was working well we were awful.
On paper it was probably our strongest side, though I’d have started with Hutler over Tapley who just hasn’t found any form since his return.
I hoped the return of Deano and Lane would give us some spark in attack but no, both were anonymous today. Elsewhere Onojaife hasn’t looked half the player he was 2 seasons ago when he was pinching opposition line outs for fun. Matt Worley looked promising last year, pedestrian this...
Dan Temm was one of the few positives from early season but was lacking spark today, though to be fair, in the 2nd half so were the whole pack.
We need to be on the phone to Sarries (and Saints) to see what promising youngsters they have in need of game time to get us out of this deep hole. If Leeds are able to call on some loanees we could be entertaining Cambridge next Boxing Day.
The players are demoralised and it is so much harder to find any form when the results keep going against you. As I said earlier somehow or other the pride and passion of previous seasons needs to be found.
GI was never going to stay forever(thank goodness) but the club should have been forward planning and installing the infrastructure needed to sustain the club. Look at Ampthill, they have their structure in place and there is ambition. Why are past players at Bedford now involved at Ampthill?
Lets say goodbye to all those that need to go, find just enough from our players to see the season out and start rebuilding.
I love my club but at the moment I must admit that I am very angry with the way things are going.
As for yesterday's game, regardless of league positions this was always going to be our biggest home game of the season and most of the players just didn't turn up.
The next two games LS away Hartpury at home are crucial and IMO winnable, but a 100% improvement will be needed. I was actually embarrassed watching that yesterday.
I find it hard to believe that RFU will let Leeds be relegated so where does that leave us.
Do you think the RFU are going to change their regulations mid-season Miss Rugby?
At the end of the Season the lowest placed Club in the Championship (calculated in accordance with Regulation 3.1) shall be relegated to National League One and the highest placed Club in National League One shall be promoted to the Championship.
I was thinking more of the sudden influx of DR and loanees that would suddenly appear at Leeds after all the point deficit between Leeds and Bedford is not great.
Sorry, I'm still confused about your RFU comment (It's my old age) Are you suggesting that the RFU will fund the influx of DR and loanees that would suddenly appear at Leeds to keep them up? They don't seem to have much of a budget to do it themsleves?
I just think that somehow or rather there will be some new faces at Leeds over the next month or so that will enable Leeds to push for survival which could be the undoing of Bedford
Carnegie's DOR gone, must be next stage in the the RFU's/Leeds cunning plan.