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Bedford Blues sink Pirates
ESPNscrum Staff
October 10, 2010
Winger Marcel Garvey looks for support, Amlin Challenge Cup, Worcester Warriors v Olympus Madrid, Sixways Stadium, Worcester, England, January 16, 2010
Marcel Garvey scored twice as Worcester continued their perfect start to the season against Bristol © Getty Images
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Bedford Blues maintained the pressure on Worcester at the top of the Championship table with a 32-25 victory over the Cornish Pirates on Saturday.

Captain James Pritchard guided his side to victory with 22 points while Ollie Dodge and Tom Bedford contributed a try apiece as the Blues consolidated second spot in the table.

Having gained a 6-0 lead, the Blues were hit by the sin-binning of Ed Thrower for slapping the ball into touch to stop a Pirates try. And just as Thrower was preparing to return, the Pirates touched down via Dave Ward.

Ward added a second try after the break. But Bedford crossed underneath the posts and Dodge finished off a fluent move to restore the host's advantage. Rob Cook managed to sneak over for the visitors, adding the conversion for a total 15-point haul. However it was not enough to overhaul the Blues and Pritchard added two late penalties to confirm the win.

It was a required response from the Blues after pacesetters Worcester clocked up their seventh win of the season with a 38-20 victory over Bristol as the contrasting fortunes of the former Premiership clubs continued at Sixways on Friday night.

Centre Alex Crockett deepened his former club's troubles as he scored one of four tries in a bonus-point victory that condemned Bristol to their fifth defeat of the season. Winger Marcel Garvey continued his try-scoring form with a brace and Adam Balding's late touchdown was enough to ensure the maximum haul for the Warriors.

Nicky Little kicked 10 points for Bristol with George Watkins and Mako Vunipola going over for the visitors' only tries.

Worcester head coach Richard Hill warned the rest of the Championship that his side is improving all the time. "That was a step up from what we have produced in the previous six games and we needed to because Bristol were on top of their game - that is the best I have seen them play this season," said the former Bristol head coach.

London Welsh continued their perfect start to the season at Old Deer Park with a bonus-point 29-24 win over Doncaster Knights on Saturday - the club's third consecutive bonus-point win at home.

Welsh had secured the four-try bonus point before half-time, thanks to two tries from Dominic Shabbo, along with Ben Stevenson and Marc Breeze. But Shabbo was sin-binned and Stephen McColl crossed for Doncaster as the momentum swung in the second half. Further tries from Dougie Flockhart and Petaia Gidlow continued to reduce the deficit for Doncaster. But the Exiles clung on for the win.

Plymouth Albion claimed their first home win of the season with a 21-10 victory over Rotherham, who had won four of their opening six fixtures.

Albion scored all their point s in the first half with Fionn McLoughlin scoring two tries and Sam Hocking also crossing. Alex Davies converted all three. Rotherham's only first half points came from Juan Pablo Socino penalty.

Rotherham reduced Albion's lead with a converted try from Adam Kettle, who had been sin-binned in the first half. But the hosts fought hard to overcome yellow card for Rory Watts-Jones and captain Sean-Michael Stephen.

Winger David Jackson was awarded scored a hat-trick of tries to help Nottingham to a 40-15 win over Moseley at Meadow Lane on Sunday.

Ben Johnston, Anthony Carter and Dave Marshall - his first try for the club - all crossed for Nottingham with James Aldridge kicking the rest of the points. Ed Styles kicked all the points for Moseley.

Birmingham & Solihull recorded their first win of the season with a 38-16 victory over Esher on Sunday but it was not enough to lift them off the bottom of the league table as they continue to trail Moseley by four points.

Birmingham began the season with six straight defeat but had secured the bonus point inside 27 minutes when Semisi Tualava crossed for their fourth try and two tries from winger Mitch Culpin scuppered Esher's fightback.

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