Beaten Carnegie left to pay price for lack of cutting edge

David Doherty
David Doherty
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Yorkshire Carnegie produced a much improved performance but could not find the cutting edge to turn their possession into points as they lost out 15-10 to Bedford Blues.

Gary Mercer made five changes to the side nilled by Rotherham last week and he saw an immediate response from his team as they crossed for the opening try of the game after just 12 minutes.

The move was started by Christian Georgiou on halfway before the ball was fed wide and David Doherty marked his return from injury with a touchdown.

The try took the winger to 38 in career for his hometown club and into clear second place in the all-time list of try scorers one ahead of Dan Scarbrough and with just Tom Biggs in front of him now.

Harry Leonard added the conversion from wide out to give Carnegie a 7-0 lead.

However, it was Bedford who maintained pressure well enough to threaten next as they kept it tight in the forwards before scrum-half Darryl Veenedaal spotted at gap at the ruck and darted through to score an unconverted try.

Yorkshire had a chance to increase their lead when they were awarded a penalty 25 metres out but Leonard pushed his effort wide and the chance went begging.

The visitors were then reduced to 14 men when second row Matt Smith was shown the yellow card for a piece of foul play off the ball that left his side in a tough situation at the end of the half. The 14 men defended well but they could not deny Bedford taking the lead as Will Sharp kicked a penalty from 30 metres out.

Yorkshire thought they had snatched the lead back with the last play of the half.

Having dominated possession for the majority of the half, it would have been a deserved lead however Leonard’s last pass to Jonah Holmes was correctly called forward.

Despite their numerical disadvantage, Yorkshire took the game to Bedford at the start of the second half.

Young scrum-half Matt Dudman played well on his first league start and he kept the attack on a high tempo.

However, knock-ons and penalties in crucial areas prevented them gaining the momentum that would have eventually brought a try and instead it was the Blues who struck first.

Bedford were awarded back- to-back penalties and, just as Smith returned from the bin, they camped themselves on the Yorkshire line.

Carnegie initially did well to repel the threat however when the ball was spread back into centre field, full-back Jim Wigglesworth cut back inside to score between the posts.

Sharp added the simple conversion but then missed a penalty from not much further out to keep the visitors in the game at 15-7 and 25 minutes to go.

Yorkshire battled hard but were not able to build any real pressure on the Bedford line and needed a last second penalty from Leonard to secure a losing bonus point.

Bedford Blues: Wigglesworth (Mordt, 55), Tapley, Dodge, Hakalo, Adamson, Sharp, Veenedaal, Parilli-Ocampo (Williams, 63), Clare (Saunders, 73), Boulton, Howard, Tupai, Blanchet, Fenton-Wells (Buggea, 57), Vandermolen (Gulliver, 57)

Yorkshire Carnegie: Holmes, Georgiou, Vickerman, Clarke, Doherty (Goss, 68), Leonard, Dudman (Pilgrim, 58), Imiolek (Harris, 47), J Walker (Nilsen, 50), Tideswell (Hill, 60), Hannay (Edwards, 73), Smith, Williams, C Walker (Barnard, 60), Burrows

Referee: John Meredith

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