BEES travel to Bristol on Sunday to face a side looking to put it’s promotion campaign back on track by scoring the maximum number of points.
It means the Sharmans Cross Road side could face a torrid time unless they can summon up the spirit which saw them play so well against Cardiff - despite the scoreline reading 20-51.
It was back in September that Bees pushed Bristol so close at Solihull, just losing out 36-40 against their illustrious and then newly relegated opponents.
But a lot of water has flowed under the bridge since then with Bees going into administration, losing a hatful of key players, being docked 15 points and only last week getting the thumbs up from the RFU to carry on fulfilling their fixtures for the rest of the season.
Throw in a dislocated shoulder for inspirational player/coach Russell Earnshaw and the team that takes the field on Sunday will see the journey more as a building exercise towards the end of season play offs in March than one likely to cause a (major) upset in the Championship.
Be that as it may, the seeds of survival as one of England’s top 24 clubs have been sown. Local investor Chris Loughran from Knowle has been revealed as a key figure in the new look club’s finances, the consortium he’s heading providing a considerable amount to keep the venture afloat.
On the park, the ‘re-building squad’ featuring Rob Bell who only arrived at Sharmans Cross Road midweek, gave a good account of themselves, even if a slack defence gifted Cardiff with way too many points.
The pack in particular, featuring five newcomers, gave a good account of themselves, back coach Eugene Martin pointing out that neither the front row, second row nor back row combinations had played together before.
As it was 20-year-old Cardiff winger James Loxton ran rings round the defence scoring five tries in a glut that began as early as the ninth minute.
Starved of possession, Bees ran everything, and although the result was little in doubt, if they continue to show this spirit and gel as a team, survival is definitely on the cards.
It is all about building in increments, and the job starts on Sunday, 3pm, at Bristol.