Roosters were due to meet Milton Keynes, but the Buckinghamshire side were unable to raise a team and their neighbours stepped in to save both themselves and St Ives a wasted afternoon. Bedford were in exactly the same position, said Hill. They were due to play Bury Titans who also cancelled. A few frantic calls and emails on the Friday night meant we were able to bring this game forward from July. We expected to send out a really strong message to the rest of the league against Bedford as they are the league champions but Im not happy at all. Perhaps a little harsh considering it was his sides sixth league win out of six this season. Adam Peel and Paul Ashbridge got the first two tries of the afternoon but they both went unconverted in the blustery conditions. The visitors then scored two tries of their own and converted both of them for a 13-8 lead. Captain Michael Drake got the Roosters third try, which James Noble converted, and Ashbridge got the fourth, which was converted by Peel. A David Sykes try meant Roosters were reasonably comfortable with a 26-13 lead at half-time and they started the second half well with Adam Peel converting a try from his brother Sam. It was Adam Peel who got the next three tries, but Tigers hit back in between with three of their own to make it 38-29 a little too close for comfort for Hill. Peels fourth try finally settled the home sides nerves and Sykes completed his hat-trick with two more tries before the end. St Ives will now meet Kings Lynn Black Knights in Norfolk in the league on Saturday, while their Conference East Plate semi-final at home to Barking & Dagenham Bulldogs remains dateless. It is likely to be played in the first week of July.