How we use Cookies

Bees back in a battling show

BEES head coach Russell Earnshaw says he has every reason to be optimistic after witnessing a battling performance last weekend.

BEES head coach Russell Earnshaw says he has every reason to be optimistic after witnessing a battling performance last weekend.

Birmingham and Solihull stunned Cornish Pirates with a late comeback - with recent reinforcements helping them to an impressive 31-all draw.

And despite losing midweek in a rearranged clash against Rotherham Titans at Clifton Lane, Earnshaw believes the extra players he has brought in will massively boost his side’s survival hopes.

“We’ve brought in about 12 or 13 new players I think, but I’ve lost count!” admitted Earnshaw, who was busy preparing his side for their local derby against Moseley this weekend.

“Like in the game on Sunday, I don’t think you’ll see too many new faces in the starting line up, but I imagine there will be at least two or three changes. Mainly because with two games in four days there’s a bit of wear and tear setting in.”

In their game on Sunday, Bees led 14-12 at half-time before Pirates got on top to enjoy a two-score advantage with just a quarter to go. But star of the show Ben Patston grabbed his second of the afternoon and then landed a touchline conversion of Will Lawson’s last-minute score to break the club’s 17-game losing run.

Earnshaw now knows that his side have a chance in the play-offs but in order to be more successful they will have to improve at the scrum - something that was evident in their 42-15 loss to Rotherham on Wednesday.

“The new players will give us a bit more depth and hopefully a better chance of staying up come the play-offs,” added Earnshaw. “But at the moment I’m just thinking about the Moseley game this weekend - we’re raring to go.”

 

Journalists

Cathrina Hulse
Multimedia Journalist
Annette Belcher
Multimedia Journalist
Full newsroom contact details
Tell us what's happening in your area.