Roberts wants Albion to prove a point at Bedford
PAUL ROBERTS says Plymouth Albion will find out this weekend if they are as good as they think they are.
Albion head to Bedford Blues looking for a fifth win in six Championship matches.
But to achieve that they will have to become the first team to beat Bedford this season.
The Blues sit second in the table having won four and drawn one of their six opening games.
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Roberts believes this weekend will be a good measure of just where Albion are in relation to the top teams in the Championship.
So far Albion have only beaten sides they also beat last year, but Bedford are one of the teams Albion lost to twice last season.
Albion's last win over the Blues came during the 2009/10 season when they triumphed 19-16 at Goldington Road.
Roberts said: "They've had an awesome start to the season and we have to go up to their place.
"At the moment we have won our home games and won one away. If you look at last year and our away record (Albion won just once in the Championship on their travels in 2011/12) then this is where we have to make a statement.
"I think at the moment we like to think of ourselves as a good side but this week will be a really good test for us to see if we are as good as we think we are.
"We have to step up and go again."
Roberts added: "We definitely have to play better than we have played so far to get something out of that game."
Fly-half Roberts, who has been in good form during Albion's impressive start, knows he could have a key role to play at Goldington Road due to Bedford's famous sloping pitch.
"It is a tough place to play but a good place to play," he said.
"They play some great rugby there.
"They like to throw it around and have a go at teams, but we just have to be ready to match it."
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