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Bees buzzing after opener

RUSSELL Earnshaw's Bees will be hoping for a performance similar to last week's when they tackle National Three North side Nuneaton at Sharman's Cross Road tomorrow.

RUSSELL Earnshaw's Bees will be hoping for a performance similar to last week's when they tackle National Three North side Nuneaton at Sharman's Cross Road tomorrow.

The side from Liberty Way travel to Solihull in high spirits after recording their first win of pre-season with a 5-0 away victory at Bournemouth.

But they will come up against an equally confident Bees side after they cruised to a 33-7 win at home to Bridgend Ravens.

The Welsh Premier League side grabbed an early try but any thoughts they may have had of piling up the points were soon thwarted.

Coach Russell Earnshaw led by example as he scored his side's opening try, Mark Woodrow's conversion levelling the scores.

On the stroke of half-time the home side took a deserved lead as captain and man-of-the-match Rob Connolly surged through the Ravens pack to touchdown with Woodrow again adding the extras.

After the break the Bees bombarded the Bridgend line and Joe Mbu increased the score after seeing a number of good chances to go begging.

However the Bees made amends with a superb try from replacement hooker Tom Collett with Greg Summers adding a late converted try to wrap up the victory.

There will be free entry to tomorrow's game with Nuneaton (ko 3pm). And there is a chance for supporters to mingle with the players at a pig roast during the evening, tickets for which cost £6.

* IRISH back-rower Rob Connolly will have the honour of leading the Bees' promotion charge.

The former Rotherham Titans star has been named as the club captain by Russell Earnshaw and Eugene Martin.

"Rob is a leader, on and off the field. He will fill the very big boots of Matt Long," said Earnshaw.

And the excited powerhouse admits he cannot wait to get started in his new role.

"It means a lot for the coaches and players to put their faith in me.

"I'd like to think I lead by example more so than by telling people their roles.

"And with the talent and experience we have in the squad I'm sure it won't be a difficult job."

Last season Connolly captained Greystones to the All Ireland Division Two championship and will be hoping to do the same for the Bees when the season kicks off in three weeks time.

Connolly's most productive season was arguably in 2005/06 when he was Leinster's player of the year after becoming the All Ireland League's top try scorer for that campaign.

 

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