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Bees keep a weather eye on the forecast

BEES coach Eugene Martin will be keeping an eye on the weather as Wirral outfit Caldy visit Portway on Saturday in National League 2 North.

BEES coach Eugene Martin will be keeping an eye on the weather as Wirral outfit Caldy visit Portway on Saturday in National League 2 North.

Birmingham Solihull were outclassed by Old Luctonians a fortnight ago after the Herefordshire side played a better game in the wet conditions to put on 39 points.

“They taught us a lesson in wet weather rugby,” admitted Martin, “we just did not adapt to it at all and they took full advantage.”

It’s got him thinking about what the possible conditions could be on Saturday, particularly as the right hand side of the Bees pitch has the potential to turn into a bog, a bog which his young team struggled to get out of in their last home fixture against Bromsgrove.

“Caldy put 60 odd points past Westoe in their last match and they’ll be full of confidence,” said Martin. “We’ll have to look at the pitch and if necessary we’ll move to our second pitch there.”

Bees will be at full strength for the fixture after a week off nursing their wounds and despite Caldy’s free scoring record, the belief is that they’ll be ripe for the taking if all goes to plan.

“They’ve run up a lot of points but they only sit four points ahead of us in the league,” said Martin.

His team are young and mobile and gaining in experience in every match which would suggest the coach will be hoping for a touch of frost to firm up the first team pitch or he’ll be happy to move onto a firmer surface.

Whatever the outcome it promises to be an intriguing and free scoring fixture. Kick off 2pm.

 

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