– Thomas Belli contributed to this report.

Lincoln’s Rugby Union first team crumpled to a 29-10 loss in their first BUCS fixture of the year.

After the their triumph over Nottingham Trent 3rd’s, Lincoln were looking to open their home account for the season with a win. In order to do so, they were going to have to beat a strong Bedfordshire side, who were also trying to carry on their unbeaten start to the season.

The visitors were eager contestants and imposed themselves on the game from the start, scoring under the posts early in the half through their centres’ strong running.

As the half progressed, Lincoln’s defence came under even more pressure, with several squandered opportunities. Although the opponents eventually made the breakthrough, with two tries in quick succession, converting one, and pushing Bedford 17 points ahead.

The home side regrouped and managed to work their way upfield. Pick and go efforts from the forwards provided them with a good field position, leaving Sam Strickson to slot a penalty just before the break.

The second half started evenly with both sides sharing similar territory and possession; but the visitors’ attacking force persisted, as they scored again in the corner through the inside centre.

Doubling their efforts, Lincoln attacked the opposition line, although it seemed that the home side were going to leave try-less, with every opportunity seeming to lack that killer pass.

Despite Lincoln’s attempts, it was Bedfordshire who posted the next points, with a converted try. Nevertheless, Lincoln’s persistence paid off as a cutting run from Dan Robinson left space for James Cowell to get on the score sheet, while Jack Noquet converted, decreasing the deficit to 19.

With their spirits high, the home side upped the pace and were unlucky not to capitalise on further chances, before the final whistle was blown, leaving the game’s final score at 29-10 in favour of Bedfordshire.

With a positive end to the match, Lincoln could take pride in their effort, as the away side came out worthy winners. Man of the match honours were awarded to Bedfordshire’s inside centre, who grabbed two tries in his side’s victory. Whereas Lincoln’s Sam Hall took plaudits for his exceptional work at the breakdown and persistent tackling efforts.

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