Codling's Ulster A lose their grip after Bedford defeat
Ulster A's bid to go two from two in their British and Irish Cup campaign came unstuck at Bedford on Saturday allowing the home side to move into the driving seat in the group.
Coach Alex Codling's side also failed to gain a losing bonus from their visit and were also left to rue a number of missed penalty opportunities ahead of next month's back-to-back games with the Scarlets Premiership Select side.
First half tries from Rory Scholes and Johnny McPhillips, with the latter's touchdown being converted by Sam Windsor, put Ulster in front by 12-10 after falling behind early on.
However, Bedford Blues still managed to end the half strongly with their second try nudging them ahead by 17-12 which proved to be a lead they never surrendered again.
After a penalty from Jake Sharp pushed the home side to 20-12, two Windsor penalties brought Codling's men to within two points.
That, though, was as good as things got for Ulster who, despite being on top in the scrums, failed to take advantage from two further shots at goal with Windsor missing the target.
The game's decisive moment then fell to the Blues when Steffan Jones got over the line with Sharp's conversion putting the home side nine points in front.
A losing bonus point was then on offer for Ulster but, once again, Windsor missed the target, as Codling's men went home empty-handed.