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Bees focus on cup as league form continues

THE Bees will welcome two familier faces to Sharmans Cross Road for the second time this season when they take on Cinderford in the EDF Energy 5th round tomorrow.

THE Bees will welcome two familier faces to Sharmans Cross Road for the second time this season when they take on Cinderford in the EDF Energy 5th round tomorrow.

Brothers Dave and Paul Knight will be looking for revenge after Russell Earnshaw’s men recorded their highest home win of the season with a 53-3 victory over the Gloucestershire side in November.

But the Bees are determined to progress to the quarter-finals of the competition where they are almost certain to meet National One opponents.

Last weekend they maintained their fine domestic form with a crushing 55-13 victory over Wharfedale to keep the pressure on league leaders Redruth.

Man-of-the-match Scott Young ran in a hat-trick of tries to help Bees brush their Yorkshire opponents aside but it was by no means a one-man show.

The 27-year-old centre helped put the visitors to the sword along with fellow try scorers Simon Hunt, skipper Ben Phillips, and Chris Brightwell, who all scored two apiece.

Fly half Mark Woodrow kicked four conversions and his replacement Rod Petty one on what was a very blustery day.

The day also featured exchange referee Stefano Rossini from Italy who left his own Latin stamp on the game, yellow carding three players including Adam Clayton and Jack Preece late on, but Bees held on for the win.

Despite the result player coach Russell Earnshaw said he was still disappointed with the turn of the game.

“It’s unusual to have scored over 50 points and still feel deflated but this was a very bitty game and we never really got flowing for long periods and you have to ask yourself, how on earth did we lose to them up at Wharfedale?”

 

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