Birmingham and Solihull
Bees 28, Nottingham 41
BEES proved unable to christen their new Damson Park home with a victory thanks to a forgettable first half show which saw Russell Earnshaw’s men trail 31- 9 at the break.
Eager to impress in their new surroundings, Bees promptly blew the occasion by conceding four tries in the space of half an hour.
Nottingham outside centre Andy Forsyth helped himself to a hat-trick of tries during this period as Bees defence repeatedly parted like the red sea.
Unhappy Earnshaw admitted: “You can’t gift sides like Nottingham three tries and then expect to win games at this level.
“By half time I was pretty frustrated, although my anger has turned to disappointment now.
“I must confess I was fearful for the second half, but the lads responded well and we did much better”.
Bees scrummaging was finally rewarded with a penalty try while Sam Robinson and Simon Hunt both breached Nottingham’s defence for second half tires.
Centre George Crook atoned for some defensive frailties by kicking three penalties and two conversions.
Earnshaw expects to make changes for Saturday’s tough trip to London Welsh - a side who have Premiership aspirations this season.