BEES’ joint head coach Eugene Martin believes the next few weeks will act as his team’s ‘new pre-season’ as they prepare for the March play-offs.
A deduction of 15 points means that barring a miracle of epic proportions, Birmingham and Solihull will be in the bottom four at the end of the season - and so have to battle for survival in the relegation play-offs.
But if last weekend’s game against London Welsh was anything to go by, Martin’s battling Bees have one quality in abundance - spirit.
Unfortunately, spirit doesn’t get you everywhere, and one error cost the Bees greatly.
Six minutes before the break, in what was a positive first half for the Bees, the team were on the offensive and looking to score their first try in three league matches.
Simon Hunt broke through two tackles and was just metres from the line when a poor pass allowed Welsh to go the length of the pitch to steal a lead they would never lose.
“I thought we could have won the game when we were up at 6-3 but we lacked that bit of patience in their 22,” said Martin.
The Kiwi coach said that instead of dwelling on what could have been, he was quickly on to preparing for the next fixture (tomorrow, at home to Nottingham, ko 2pm) and continuing the process of looking for new players.
“Welsh and Nottingham are both quite similar in the way they attack with big forwards, but they have a different defence.
“We’ve watched the footage and made the adjustments necessary,” added Martin.
“We’re getting new players all the time, it’s just a case of finding the right combinations to do well when it comes to the crunch.”