BEES banished the ghosts of Moseley with a last gasp away victory over Bristol.
It was in the dying moments against their local rivals that the Bees conceded, after missing several kicks. The scenario was turned on its head last weekend as Bees fought right to the final whistle, with the kicking of Mark Woodrow vital to the victory.
The fly half’s conversion at the death handed the points to Bees. Dan Sanderson, who scored the final try, and Jack Preece also put in a combative performance, ably demonstrating that the Bees were more than a match for the West Country outfit.
Bristol coach Paul Hull publicly apologised for the loss, describing it as the lowest point in his career. His comments did not go down well with Bees’ director of rugby Russell Earnshaw who branded them “disrespectful”.
Indeed Bristol have won the same amount of games this season as the Bees and make up five teams at the bottom of the league separated by just five points.
With the bottom four clubs going into a relegation play-off, escaping to safety is now a realistic possibility for the Bees.
“That has always been the target for us,” Earnshaw said. “It’s whether or not we believe we can do it that will decide it.”
“If we can get our consistency sorted, improve our performance and iron out those few errors then we’re in with a chance. It’s still a big old hill we have to climb though.”
The win against Bristol will have added that confidence and belief, but it will immediately be put to the test by the arrival of second placed Bedford Blues this weekend.
Despite Earnshaw’s insistence that credit should go the team for their win against Bristol, it was the boot of Mark Woodrow that exorcised the ghosts of Moseley.