BEES’ coaches must be scratching their heads after their team once again failed to get a grip on the second half of a fixture.
Throughout this first half of the season, Birmingham Solihull have been a match for every team they’ve played - even runaway National League 2 North leader Stourbridge - but have struggled in the second period of 40 minutes.
Last week’s game against Otley was symptomatic of the issue - after going eight points down Bees bounced back against the Yorkshire outfit through a try by James Oliver following a Lee Chapman grubber kick.
Jack Jolly put the conversion over and then Chapman kicked a drop goal to push Bees ahead 10-8.
However they then imploded as Otley took the game by the scruff of the neck to run out winners 51-15, Ben Spokes claiming the second Bees try.
Director of Rugby Eugene Martin is convinced his side are doing the right things well but their inability to respond to second half pressure must be a concern.
The games don’t get any easier either with Leicester Lions away the opponents this weekend.
The Lions sit mid-table on 40 points and Martin must be hoping that his charges can turn in two first half performances to bring the squad four much needed points.
Bees sit fourth from bottom just above the relegation zone with Westoe, Huddersfield and Stockport all below.
Although on paper none of these look capable of beating Birmingham Solihull, alarm bells must have rung following Huddersfield’s defeat of Luctonians.