Birmingham & Solihull 10 Bedford Blues 49
Given the way Bedford ended up dominating Birmingham & Solihull in virtually every aspect, it is difficult to claim the fact this match had to be switched from Sharmans Cross to Goldington Road had any bearing on the outcome.
Indeed in Ben Patston the visitors - or were they hosts? - had a play-maker far more used to the vagaries of Bedford’s sloping pitch than the peculiar consistency of Bees’, a venue he has rarely graced since his mid-season move from Cambridge.
It certainly showed with a performance that was at times inspirational and at others comfortable but more often than not contained a fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants dependence on improvisation.
With quality service at a premium former Blue Patston was never afforded the luxury of a pocket from which to direct proceedings.
Much of that was down to a scrum that crumbled quicker than a cheap fruit cake and was considerably less generous than your average slot machine.
The situation was slightly better in the lineout which - Russell Earnshaw felt - operated better than it has done for several weeks. That gave the hosts - or were they visitors? - a trickle of possession.
But to dwell on such matters is to ignore the fact Bees were well beaten up front and cut to ribbons whenever the outstanding Nick Walshe moved play wide.
Which he did almost at will during the first half.
Centres Liam Roberts and Myles Dorrian and full back James Pritchard were able to concentrate on taking the ball not to the gain line but on it and did so at full tilt. Once Blues got into that rhythm they were always going to be impossible to contain.
But one cannot help wonder how things might have been different.
Had those responsible for drawing up the fixture list been mindful of last season’s evidence, when a harsh winter led to the campaign being extended, there might not have been such pressure on Bees to play this match at all costs.
It would be naive to suggest they would have won on their own patch but it was similarly naive to construct a programme with no room for postponed matches.
Bees must now play twice in midweek, indeed January will see them play seven times, assuming there are no more cancellations.
And if they pick up injuries as they did at Goldington Road, both props Matt Long and Joe Reid appeared to be nursing knocks to their respective legs, their chance of entering the crucial play-off season in anything like decent shape, will be seriously compromised.
Some might claim they only have themselves to blame, after all it was Bees and Bees alone who landed themselves in their current situation - having to rebuild after financial meltdown.
And others would claim they are lucky to be given a second chance.
But that’s the way of things these days, B&S are just one of three clubs to have defaulted on debts and one can only beat them with the same stick for so long.
Whether you like it or not the new men deserve a level playing field - which is not what they got at Bedford.
BEES: Penn (Petty, 69); Hunt, Mitchell (Tomlinson, 66), Lawson, Culpin (McLean, 35); Patston, Williams (Brown, 47); Long (Preece, 79), Philpott, Reid, Davidson (Cox, 41), Ault, Halavatau (Noonan, 27), Bell, Clayton.
BEDFORD: Pritchard; Fielden, Dorrian (Taylor, 65), Roberts (Knight, 50), Davey; Davies, Walshe (Chudley, 58); Walsh (Cecere, 71), Locke, Seal (Boulton, 65), Harlock (Tupai, 58), Rae, Brightwell, Harding (Lewitt, 65), Goodman.
Referee: Darren Gamage (RFU)