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Bees 24 Otley 21

That victory is sure to give them heart as they travel to the depths of Herefordshire to take on an old boys side which soundly beat them last time they ventured this far west.

BEES take on Old Luctonians on Saturday after a never-say-die victory against high flying Otley at The Portway.

That victory is sure to give them heart as they travel to the depths of Herefordshire to take on an old boys side which soundly beat them last time they ventured this far west.

It also means another rendezvous with former Bees enforcer Alex Davidson, the playing director of rugby at OLs.

Back then Birmingham Solihull were undone by the atrocious weather and they’ll be hoping for clearer skies this time round even though the danger from the opposition lurks very much in their three quarters.

Against Otley, a dogged performance was sealed by skipper Will Radburn who bagged the winning try as Bees ended Otley’s perfect start to the season.

The hooker stretched an arm over the line to secure his side’s third try of the game five minutes from time, Adam Canning kicking the conversion to wrap up the win.

It was the boot of Mark Ireland that steered Otley into an early lead, his three penalties to a solitary Canning effort giving them a 9-3 lead after 30 minutes.

Two tries just before the break, though, had the Bees in control. Matthew Spink dived over for the first after the forwards had edged ever closer to the line before back row Rob Connolly rolled over the line from close in.

Canning kicked each of the conversions.

Otley came back strongly after the break and Ireland ran in his side’s second try of the game inside two minutes.

Back row Stephen Costello added another on the hour and, with Ireland’s kicking a match for Canning, the visitors were good value for their 21-17 lead.

Radburn, however, had other ideas and his converted try late on ensured the points stayed at Portway.

 

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