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London Irish continue winning start against Bedford

Tom Parton on the charge supported by Barney Maddison e
Tom Parton in action against Nottingham - he scored two tries for Irish

Tom Parton scored two tries as London Irish eased past Bedford Blues 29-20 at Madejski Stadium.

The Exiles raced into a 19-5 half-time lead thanks to Parton’s brace and a Stephen Myler try.

Tom Stephenson scored his first Exiles try

That advantage was extended to 29-8 midway through the second period as Dave Porecki and Tom Stephenson crossed the whitewash and despite two late Bedford scores, the Exiles ran out victorious.

“It was a real tough contest,” said full-back Parton.

“I thought in the first half we came out firing an executed our game-plan pretty well. In that second half we just slipped off in a few areas.

“If you do that against a good side like Bedford then you’re going to pay the price.

“But we got the bonus point so it’s just about going away next week now and working on what we need to do.”

Irish sit second in the Championship table ahead of a trip to sixth-placed Coventry on Saturday (3pm).

LONDON IRISH: Parton, Ojo, Macken, Stephenson (Campbell 64), McLean, Myler, Meehan (Steele 76), Reid (Elrington 51), Porecki (Fainga’a 60), Cilliers (Hoskins 60), Maddison (Cowan 64), Paulo, McNally (c), Ioane, Rogerson.
Tries: Parton x2 (17,27), Myler (22), Porecki (49), Stephenson (59)
Cons: Myler x2 (22,27)

BEDFORD: Lane, Davies (Lennon 78), Elliott, Robling (Green 70), Hutler, Coulson, Lennon (Dickson 48), Parilli-Ocampo (McCarthy 42), Fields (Clare 52), Cooper (Penny 42, Cooper 74), Taylor (c) (Carrick-Smith 48), Curry, Rae, Buggea (Nay 60), Williams.
Tries: Rae (33), Williams (69), Curry (79)
Con: Coulson (79)
Pen: Coulson (47)

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