BEES player coach Russell Earnshaw says he will be ‘playing for his place’ when he starts for the first time since November away against Doncaster Knights, tomorrow, Saturday in the British and Irish Cup.
Earnshaw, who damaged his knee playing against Moseley last year and has been out crocked ever since, said he was only in because skipper and No8 Ross Noonan was himself out with a knee injury.
“I’ve got to admit I’m a bit nervous about it as it’s been a while since I played and I’ve told the rest of the lads I’m only there because of the injury to Ross,” he said.
And he dismissed suggestions that the B&I Cup is a bit of a side show, especially with Bees bottom of the Championship and battling to avoid relegation as the play offs loom.
“It’s a good competition and we’ll be putting out our strongest available XV, it’s just unfortunate that the weather has caused such a fixture congestion.
“Besides, we play Pontypridd in the Cup next weekend (at Sharmans Cross Road) and it’s always good to play against a Welsh side.”
Meanwhile the play offs look set to start the week after on March 13 with Earnshaw expecting the first opponents to be Moseley away followed by Coventry at home.
First up though is the small matter of Doncaster Knights, currently also lying in the play off zone, who beat Bees 33-7 at Billesley Common two weeks ago and who will be looking to extend their run against the Solihull side on Saturday.
Bees are next in action at home against Pontypridd on March 6 kick off 3pm.