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- Play-Off Semi Final
- 4th May 2013
- KO 15:00
- Ground: Goldington Road
- Att: 2,533
Bedford Blues open up nine-point advantage over Nottingham in RFU Championship play-off
London Welsh's survival hopes were given a slight boost after Bedford Blues beat Nottingham 26-17 in the first leg of their RFU Championship semi-final.
The Blues are the only one of the four play-off sides that do not meet the criteria for promotion to the Premiership - and can therefore save Welsh from the drop.
And tries from Mark Atkinson and Ben Ransom and 16 points from the boot of Myles Dorrian means that the Blues head to Meadow Lane with a nine-point advantage.
The Blues have been beaten semi-finalists for the past three seasons, losing to the eventual champions - London Welsh, Worcester and Exeter - on each occasion.
However they remain on course for a first final appearance with an impressive win.
Nottingham, though, have their sights set on the Premiership and a late penalty try means they remain in the hunt. James Arlidge weighed in with a try, a penalty and two conversions for a personal haul of 12 points.
The second leg will be played at Meadow Lane on Friday, with the winners facing either Newcastle or Leeds.
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|15:00||Bristol vs Worcester|
|15:00||Cornish Pirates vs Leeds Carnegie|
|15:00||Doncaster vs Plymouth Albion|
|15:00||London Scottish vs Rotherham Titans|
|15:00||Nottingham vs Bedford|
|15:00||Moseley vs Jersey|
|Saturday 13th September|
|15:00||Bedford vs Rotherham Titans|
|15:00||Cornish Pirates vs London Scottish|
|15:00||Jersey vs Doncaster|
|15:00||Plymouth Albion vs Nottingham|
|15:00||Leeds Carnegie vs Bristol|
|15:00||Worcester vs Moseley|
|Saturday 20th September|
|15:00||Moseley vs Leeds Carnegie|
|15:00||London Scottish vs Bedford|
|15:00||Rotherham Titans vs Plymouth Albion|
|15:00||Doncaster vs Worcester|
|15:00||Bristol vs Cornish Pirates|
|15:00||Nottingham vs Jersey|
|Saturday 27th September|
|15:00||Jersey vs Rotherham Titans|
|15:00||Leeds Carnegie vs Doncaster|
|15:00||Plymouth Albion vs Bedford|
|15:00||Cornish Pirates vs Moseley|
|15:00||Worcester vs Nottingham|
|15:00||Bristol vs London Scottish|
|Saturday 4th October|
|15:00||London Scottish vs Plymouth Albion|
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