Mar 16 2012 by Ross Crawford, Solihull News
BEES are still on course to beat the drop from National League One after their stunning 37-28 victory over Macclesfield away last Friday.
Director of rugby Russell Earnshaw said the result was never in doubt - even when Bees went 17-13 after leading through a John Lowden try and Mark Woodrow’s conversion and two penalties.
“I had absolute belief that we were going to win that game - I didn’t think for one second that we’d lose,” he said.
“I think we surprised quite a few people, which is very satisfying, as many thought we were not going to win it.”
The turnaround in the Bees’ fortunes - they have gone from rock bottom and still sit 12 points from fourth place and safety - means they have won four games on the trot and have Coventry in their sights for next Saturday at Damson Park.
“The class of 2012 is going out each week and are enjoying themselves. The entire team has belief and if I knew how we instilled it I’d be a rich man,” said Earnshaw.
Key to the success though has been the long lay-off over Christmas which gave the players time to work on their fitness - and the use of locally-based sports mind coach Mark Sheasby.
“Mark has been working with the coaches and players and once you start winning it build self belief and confidence.”
That confidence certainly showed against high fliers Macclesfield. Despite going behind Bees kept their heads for Woodrow to slot another penalty before centre Rob Connolly picked up hi delicate chip to score a try.
Woodrow’s boot kept the scoreboard ticking over before Lowden scored his second try from a simple overlap, Woodrow converting.
Macclesfield hit back and narrowed the score to 28-34 before replacement fly half Dan Hawkes - once again - slotted a late drop goal to push Bees to safety.