Bees 53 - 3 Cinderford
RAMPAGING Bees notched up their most impressive win of the season scoring eight tries - three for winger Simon Hunt - against an outgunned Cinderford.
The Sharmans Cross Road outfit turned opn the style from the whistle by running the ball it at every opportunity, and the visitors, no slouches at sixth in the table when this match started, barely knew what had hit them.
Bees's ability to keep the ball alive and their options open was particularly noticeable as well their on-field ability to change direction and make decisions as conditions dictated.
Delighted player/coach Russell Earnshaw could scarcely conceal his pride in the team's performance.
"We went out there to play tempo rugby and we showed what we are capable of doing," he said. "As a group of players we've got a lot of youngsters in the team but now they are playing with old heads - there's a belief and confidence in the side now."
Bees started strongly but it was Cinderford who got on the scoreboard first; Freddie Burns kicking an early penalty which was matched by fly half Mark Woodrow a few minutes later.
Birmingham Solihull then began to motor and it soon became apart that inside centre Mitchell Cameron had been given virtually the freedom of the park by his opposite number enabling him to release the three quarters outside.
A tr ywas inevitable and with the Cinderford back row wising up to the ball moving wide, the home pack picked and drove for the line. The ball came back and Woodrow put a neat kick through to the corner for Hunt to score his first try on 17 minutes.
The conversion waqs missed but no matter as Bees came back, this time skipper Rob Connolly, who was everywhere, scoring in the same corner. Woodrow's conversion hit the post and missed.
Cinderford were clearly stunned by the onslaught; they had a man in front of th ball at the re-start and back came Bees, Hunt sidestepping his opposite number after being fed the ball by scrum half Sam Brown. Woodrow converted.
The visitors's afternoon got worse when they bungled their one clear scoring chance while the Bees bandwagon rolled: Four minutes into the second half scavenging scrm half Ben Phillips run through under the post to secure the bonus point for the home side. Woodrow converted.
Former Bees scrum half and Cinderford skipper Paul Knight was then yellow carded and minutes later Woodrow ran through to score a try he converted himself.
Bees were by now brimming with confidence and from break out from behind their own line if only Connolly - who had sprinted 75 yards with the ball - had looked left instead of right they could have notched up another try.
Instead it was Mitchell who burst through the by now ragged Cinderford defence to make it 37-3. Woodrow added the extras.
Replacement Ryan Tomlinson, on for Mitchell cilpin then got his name on the score sheet (converted) before the man who had started it all off, Simon Hunt, got the last after a neat pass from fully back Reece Spee. Replacement scrum half Rod Petty converted.
"Everyone worked really hard today and we stuck to our game plan and it paid off." said skipper Rob Connolly.
"At the moment we aren't thinking too far ahead, just playing it game by game and so far we're getting the results."
Bees play Tynedale away in two weeks time.