BEES face another tough weekend of rugby as director of rugby Russell Earnshaw heads to Dubai on England Sevens duty.
Backs coach Eugene Martin will be in charge in his absence as the Bees line up against fourth place Cornish Pirates.
Last weekend the Bees went down 34-9 at home to London Welsh, while the Pirates recorded a 50-7 win over Bees’ local rivals Moseley.
Despite the loss the Bees started with promise, fly half Mark Woodrow kicking two penalties to give the Bees a 6-3 lead just before half-time.
However two tries conceded either side of the break was the beginning of the end for the Bees’ brave challenge. Welsh scored three tries in nine minutes to create an insurmountable hill for Bees to climb.
“You wait for opportunities or mistakes the opposition makes,” coach Eugene Martin said. “Unfortunately it was us making those mistakes in our defensive areas.”
Bees will look to improve their performance against the Pirates. Martin admitted it would be a difficult fixture but the team is focused on turning around their mistakes.
“They are another top four side, they play reasonable footie and it will be another hard ask,” he said. “We need to be tighter and more clinical in our decision making.”
A change to the league rules means that come the end of the season, should Bees find themselves in the relegation play-offs, each win from the regular season will give them an extra point in the play-offs.
This means every win is vital for the Bees, but especially so over potential relegation rivals.
“In football you have those ‘six-pointers’ and for us it’s games against those clubs around us that could be ‘two-pointers,’” director of rugby Russell Earnshaw said.
Bees will line up against Cornish Pirates this Sunday. You can cheer them on at Damson Park, kick off at 3pm.