BEES will be looking to kick start their Championship campaign and put off field worries behind them when they entertain Rotherham Titans at Sharmans Cross Road tomorrow, Saturday.
And there will be plenty for rugby fans to chew on following news that Bees prop Craig Voisey has quit the troubled team and signed for - yes, Rotherham.
Add the fact that flanker Rob Connolly has had a chequered past with the Yorkshire side and the ingredients are all there for a truly bone crunching clash with the Bees banking on their rapier-like backs to bring home the points.
“We’ve had a string of tough away games when to be fair, we’ve had the wrong end of the stick from the referee,” said player coach Russell Earnshaw, who had just returned from seeing a red card for Darren O’Reilly against Plymouth overturned on appeal.
“Whilst not the key factor, these have had a debilitating effect on the team and cost us bonus points.
“So, home advantage for us is really important because the crowd makes a big difference and we’ll be looking to record our first win of the season.”
Rotherham sit just above Bees in the table with one win to their name and like the Sharmans Cross Road outfit have suffered from their fair share of injuries which should be vulnerable at Solihull.
“Our confidence has taken a knock and away from home we have veered from brilliant to losing our focus completely so this will be an important game,” added Earnshaw who will be looking to flankers Connolly and Chris Brightwell to lead the charge.
The team will certainly be aiming to put their 53-17 mauling to Nottingham behind them. They lost replacement fly half Rod Petty out with a groin strain in the warm up and were leading 7-0 when lock Alex Davidson was given a disputed yellow card for repeated infringements and found themselves chasing the game 17-7 down by the time he returned.
Thee was no way back from there as their pack was pummelled by bigger opponents, although Earnshaw did see potential amid the ruins.
“Ryan Tomlinson did a great job stepping in at fly half at short notice and our banks were always dangerous,” he said.
Fullback Reece Spee had opened the scoring for Bees after just 90 seconds with returning winger Simon Hunt converting. The home side then turned on the power as Davidson departed with Hunt and Cameron Mitchell scoring consolation tries for the visitors.
Bees play Rotherham Titans this Saturday at Sharmans Cross Road, kick off 3pm.