Championship: Jersey Reds 13-15 Bedford Blues

Michael Le Bourgeois
Bedford skipper Michael Le Bourgeois was one of four former Jersey players in the Blues' starting line-up

Bedford Blues got back to wining ways with a narrow win over Jersey Reds in the Championship.

The sides were level at 3-3 at half-time before back Rich Lane finished off a quick counter attack against his old club to put the Blues in front.

Jersey hit back through Roy Godfrey's pushover try to briefly hold the lead.

But fly-half Harry Sheppard found a way over in the corner late on to give the visitors the victory and hand Jersey their third loss of 2017-18.

Bedford had gone into the game after back-to-back defeats, while Jersey were also hoping to bounce back from their loss against Richmond a week ago.

The first half was littered with handling errors though, with Brendan Cope's well-struck drop-goal that was cancelled out by Sheppard's penalty turning out to be the only scores of the first period.

After the restart, former Jersey winger Lane raced through to claim the opening try before Cope's penalty narrowed the deficit to four points.

Replacement prop Godfrey put the hosts ahead as he was driven over from a maul and Cope superbly converted from out wide .

But a scrappy Reds line-out near their own line with ten minutes remaining saw Bedford snatch possession and Sheppard go over in the corner for the winner.

Jersey: Cope; Pincus, Best, Ma'afu, Worrall; Bryant, Hardy; Woolmore (capt), Saunders, Armstrong, Voss, Sexton, Rogerson, Joyce, Pitman.

Replacements: Selway, Godfrey, Atalifo, McKern, Bartle, Nagle-Taylor, Dudley, Abrahams.

Bedford: Czekaj; Clements-Hill, Lane, Le Bougeois (capt), Adamson; Sheppard, Burns; McCarthy, Lindsay, Penny; Taylor, Carrick-Smith, Rae, Adams, Williams.

Replacements: Edgson, Parilli-Ocampo, Cooper, Onojaife, Tupia, Dickson, Hutler.

Attendance: 1,441

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