Festive Fixture - Bedford Blues v Ampthill, Boxing Day 2018
As neither Blues nor Amps have a festive fixture in 2018 the two clubs have agreed to meet in a 'friendly' at Goldington Road on Boxing Day. While it may not be a competitive fixture, there will be plenty of local pride at stake as the two biggest rugby teams in Bedfordshire face-off at 15:00 on Wednesday 26th December.
Blues Director of Rugby Mike Rayer commented: "I think everyone was a little disappointed that we had no Christmas or New Year fixture in the calendar so the club made the decision to add one and we're delighted to be facing Ampthill who also found themselves in the same situation.
With such a long break between games, it's important to keep the lads match fit during the winter months so this will be an excellent test to keep everyone on their toes. We know Ampthill have a fantastic squad and it would be no surprise to see this fixture being a league one sooner rather than later.
"We want to say a big thank you to Mark and everyone at Ampthill for agreeing to this game and I hope that all local rugby fans can come along and enjoy a bit of festive fun."
Ampthill Director of Rugby Mark Lavery commented "It's great news that we've been able to arrange a fixture for Boxing Day against Bedford Blues and it will be a great opportunity for us to push ourselves against Mike Rayer's men.
It's been a few years since we last played the Blues at Goldington Road but I'm sure everyone will be up for the challenge and we'll be raring to go."
Ampthill's traditional Boxing Day all welcome game in aid of Meningitis Charities will go ahead as normal at Dillingham Park with an 11:00 kick off. The bar will be open until 13:30.