Bedford 38 Coventry 8
Coventry felt the backlash to Bedford's heavy defeat at Cornish Pirates six days earlier as own injury woes continued.
Bedford director of rugby Mike Rayer responded to the Camborne carnage by making eight changes to his starting line-up and he got the response he wanted as the Blues cantered to the easiest of victories.
How Coventry counterpart Mike Umaga must wish he had the same resources but with hooker Stuart Friswell (knee) and back row Henno Venter (ankle) joining an already considerable list of unavailable players, his squad is at full stretch facing a make-or-break November with home games coming up against three teams in the bottom half.
"We're running out of fingers to stick in the dyke," said Cov's head coach after his side had slipped to their heaviest defeat of the season.
"We've been trying to keep ourselves in there for the last few weeks, but it doesn't help having guys playing out of position and we need to maybe get a few more numbers into the squad."
Umaga accepted, however, that Cov's situation could not fully account for such a lacklustre performance where too many tackles were missed and hard-earned possession too readily kicked away.
Cov had first use of the not inconsiderable Goldington Road slope, but persisted in putting the ball down the throat of full-back Ross Broadfoot who was only too happy to run it back.
As a result, Cov rarely threatened before half-time and, 26-3 down two minutes after the restart, never looked likely to pull the game back despite an improved third quarter.
"It's a disappointing result, but the most frustrating thing is that we didn't stick to what we'd talked about all week," added Umaga "We had a game plan, but unfortunately we also had too many guys who think they know better.
"I've let the boys know that, but we won't be dwelling on it too much. We need to refocus straight away because Newbury at home next week is a must-win game."
Ben Russell clipped the outside of the left post with a straightforward 25-metre penalty awarded in the opening minute and after that it was pretty much all downhill for Cov.
Lock Marc Comb was driven over by the home pack for an unconverted try on seven minutes and although Russell kicked a penalty after 20 minutes, Cov promptly lost a midfield line-out on their own throw, fly-half Ben Patston somehow wriggled clear and prop Matt Volland finished off with James Pritchard adding the conversion.
Cov old boy Shaun Brady set up the third try for Karl Dickson, which was again converted, on the stroke of half-time, and Pritchard scored and converted Bedford's bonus point try early in the second half.
Winger Craig Moir claimed an unconverted try on 68 minutes, and although Myles Dorrian claiming a well-taken maiden try for Cov, their day was summed up when they were turned over running from deep and replacement prop James Graham cantered in, Pritchard converting.
BEDFORD: Broadfoot; Moir, Dodge, Allen, Pritchard; Patston (Hinkins, 69), Dickson; Volland (Alexander, 54), Whitehead (Price, 60), Cole (Graham, 66), Phillips, Comb (Botha, 52), Strauss, Harding (Kettle, 59), Brady.
COVENTRY: Dorrian; Toft (Montague, 49), Binham, Clayton, K Johnson; Russell, James (Walls, 49); Wyn Davies (Treston, 35), Friswell (Protherough, 28), Brits, Tonkin, Nimmo, T Johnson (Venter, 54; Campton 69), O'Connor, W Johnson.
Referee: M Fox (RFU).