Hartpury Rugby suffered their third Championship defeat in a row following a 33-7 defeat to Bedford on Friday night.
The Gloucestershire-based side headed to Goldington Road looking to halt an alarming slide which had seen them fall to 9th, with the recently-promoted side failing to win since victory against Doncaster back in early October.
However, Hartpury got off to the worst possible start against the Championship highfliers, with Camilo Parilli-Ocampo, Jarad Williams and Ed Taylor all crossing before the break to give the hosts a commanding 19-0 lead.
— Hartpury RFC (@HartpuryRFC) November 24, 2017
Hartpury hit back through Iain Grieve but were unable to capitalise on some intense second-half pressure as they looked to gain a foothold back into the contest.
The result was put beyond doubt on the hour mark with Rich Lane securing the bonus point for the home side, before Jordan Burns set up skipper Michael le Bourgeois for the final try in the closing moments to seal a comprehensive victory for Bedford, who sit in 3rd place following the 10th round of fixtures.
It’s full time at Goldington Road.
— GK IPA Championship (@Champrugby) November 24, 2017
Hartpury can take great heart in a vastly improved second half which they can look to build on as they look to consolidate their place in the Championship for next season. However, following frustrating defeats to Cornish Pirates and Richmond over the past couple of weeks, Mark Cornwell and John Barnes will be keen to regain the momentum that saw them secure promotion to the Championship in such emphatic fashion last season.
/ for @Bristol_RFC and another bonus point today for the league leaders.
— GK IPA Championship (@Champrugby) November 25, 2017
Despite defeat, Hartpury remain 18 points ahead of winless Rotherham Titans ahead of this weekend’s action, which sees them face Ealing Trailfinders at College Stadium on Saturday (2.30pm). Hartpury will also face Jersey Reds and Rotherham Titans before the New Year. With Rotherham collecting just three points from ten matches and rooted to the bottom of the Championship, there’s optimism that the next win isn’t too far away.