NATIONAL league high fliers Jersey touch down at Birmingham Airport on Saturday to face bottom side Bees as the second half of the season gets underway at Damson Park.
Birmingham and Solihull, racked by injuries to their dwindling squad, will be looking for a performance to kick start their drive off the foot of the table and will be hoping the islanders will still have the flight in their legs come kick off.
“Jersey play quality football and they’ll be looking to impose their game plan on us and control the tempo and it’s up to us to stop that and play how we want to,” said coach Eugene Martin.
Bees will be bolstered by the return of Sam Farmer and Charlie Sadler to a back division which has taken a fair amount of flak over the last few weeks, but are likely to be without flanker Rob Connolly who suffered a rib injury in last week’s 32-5 defeat at Blackheath.
“Everything starts up front with the forwards but the real battle for us will be whether we can contain their backs as we’ve been leaking a few points there,” said Martin.
“Yes we’ve got a few injuries and we haven’t got the budget to bring in new players so we’ve got to make do with what we’ve got.
“However you never know with a side travelling a long distance, we’ve got to look at a performance here and move forward in the second round of the competition.”
Bees play Jersey at Damson Park this Saturday, December 10, kick off 3pm.