A visit for a young Wanderers side to Bedford to take on their academy side started very promisingly with a converted try from Elliot Bale after just 10 minutes, followed by another 3 points a few minutes later. This gave the Wanderers a 10-0 lead which they held comfortably until just before the half time break when Bedford scored a try under the post, converted to leave the half time score 10-7.
Wanderers picked up more injuries than they would have liked, and with a number of changes fielded an even younger side in the second half particularly in the pack. Three tries to Bedford in the second half led to a final score of 24-10.
This was a first Wanderers outting for a number of 17-18 year old colts, Mike Brennan, Rhys Roberts and Mike Burnford, all of whom acquitted themselves well in a much quicker and physical game than they will face at the weekend in the UC u19s cup.
A very valuable experience against a well organized side.