MATCH REPORT: Bedford 22 Rotherham Titans 16

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Rotherham competed ferociously at Goldington Road in front of a crowd of almost 4,500, but had to be satisfied with a losing bonus point against the team which is arguably the most dangerous attacking side in the Championship.

Rotherham defended effectively for long periods and can be delighted that they restricted Bedford to only one try.

The Titans can also take much credit for their performance in the first half during which they led 9-6 following penalties by Garry Law and James McKinney.

However, they should be disappointed that their line out failed to function and Rotherham must also be concerned that, once again, in a league game they gave away too many penalties.

So, therefore, it was no surprise that Bedford’s lethal goal- kicker, full back James Pritchard, put over chances on 10, 20, 58 and 75 minutes.

Bedford dominated the second half and quick defence stopped any Rotherham attack, and, indeed, the Titans were prevented from raiding Bedford’s 22 until late in the second half, but by then the Blues had fought back well to lead 22-9.

Nevertheless, Rotherham’s determination never faltered and on 79 minutes they created a thrilling try for winger Peter Homan whose score was set up by the pack and centre Eamonn Sheridan.

With Law converting, Rotherham cut the Blues’ lead to 22-16.

Overall, to lose by only six points to the side which was third in the Championship table going into the match is a creditable effort, but having said that Rotherham handicapped themselves by indiscipline.

Twice, they were reduced to 14 men with yellow cards against Law and replacement centre Palepoi Nonu.

As coach Alex Codling begins preparations for the next Championship game against Nottingham at Clifton Lane a week on Saturday, he will need to tackle Rotherham’s weak line out.

Too much ball was lost on Rotherham’s throw at Bedford which is why Codling replaced hooker Dan Baines with Harry Hannan.

The new signing from Leeds can be highly satisfied with his individual performance at Bedford because he not only improved Roth’s line out but his work late in the second half assisted in the try scored by Homan.

Rotherham Titans: Law, Homan, Sheridan, Blackett, F.Mulchrone, McKinney, C.Mulchrone, Gadd, Baines, Davies, Thomas, Sanderson, Makaafi, Kirwan, Freeman Reps: Denman, Hannan, Rieder, Ellyatt, Williams, Howard, Nonu.

Scorers: Try: Homan.Conversion: Law. Penalties: Law (2), McKinney.

Referee: Darren Gamage.