Sheppard guides his Blues flock to bonus win
DEAN Adamson continued his prolific start to the season with another two tries as Bedford ran out comfortable winners against bottom club Rotherham at a rainy Goldington Road.
The Titans never came close to ending their winless start to the season, as the Blues showed a greater cutting edge despite having less possession than their visitors.
With what ball they did have, Bedford played some typically eye-catching rugby in scoring five tries, with Adamson taking his tally to eight in six games.
Bedford’s instrumental fly-half Harry Sheppard said: “We do a lot of work on that in the week and come the weekend we’re getting points on the board.
“We’re pleased with that: a five-point win with five tries scored to give us a good end to the first block of league games.
“I don’t think we touched the ball in the first ten minutes, but we knew if we could hold out then we’d get the ball back and the attack would take care of itself.”
Sheppard kicked the first points for Bedford after 12 minutes and he then set up the opening try when his lovely offload sent George Edgson through and he timed his pass to give Jordan Burns an easy finish.
Jordan Onojaife then did a superb job in disrupting a driving maul close to the line to prevent Rotherham from opening their account.
The Blues, and Burns, had a second try in the 33rd minute, when he was given a clear route to the line after Jarad Williams had gone through a gaping hole.
Bedford then produced a superb move on the stroke of half-time that saw Sheppard find Adamson, who sent Chris Czekaj racing away down the right before receiving his pass back inside.
Rotherham were finally off the mark when Jake Henry finished in the left-hand corner off Francisco Vieira’s pass, but the hosts quickly hit back when Czekaj set up Adamson for his second to seal the bonus point.
Rich Lane added a fifth for Bedford with a scorching individual effort before Charlie Maddison’s pushover try gave Titans a consolation.
Rotherham head coach Andy Key said: “We had more of the territory, particularly in the first half, and possession and yet we go in 24-0 down.
“Some of that is probably down to some first-up tackles that we missed.”
Ace: Harry Sheppard