Bees 9 Hull Ionians 20
BEES take the long trek north on Saturday to play Preston Grasshoppers with hope in their hearts after another promising performance against Hull Ionians.
Coach Eugene Martin has the task of shaping a squad on the hoof and believes his charges are not far from where they need to be.
“There were definitely lessons learnt against Hull,” said the Kiwi.
“The biggest one being that they took their chance – I think they only had two in the entire game but they converted them.
“We are creating opportunities but we’ve got the learn that if it’s not 100 per cent on then we need to recycle the ball and try again.
“Believe me we are close, very close indeed to clicking and it wouldn’t take much before we’re there.”
His squad are certainly good listeners. Having given away 14 penalties against Sheffield Tigers, which cost them the match, they cut those to just four technical infringements last week.
Meanwhile Grasshoppers, the club of famed England lock Wade Dooley, are currently mid table and if Bees can get the journey out of their legs, compete and stick to their game plan, they have the firepower to come away with a win.
Against Ionians, three Jack Jolly penalties were scant reward for a stirring performance against the team sitting second in National Div 2 North.
Bees created much but in the end were undone by their lack of finishing.
They play Preston away tomorrow, Saturday, kick off 2.30pm.