BEES have their sights set on near neighbours Bromsgrove this Saturday as they prepare for the short journey to Finstall Park.
The two teams drew 19-19 in the mudbath that was The Portway earlier this season and the visitors, frustrated after snow led to the cancellation of their home tie against Stockport will be eager to come out of the blocks.
Bromsgrove meanwhile will still be sore after crashing 19-17 to relegation candidates Westoe last week.
“They’ll be hurting after that,” said Bees director of rugby Eugene Martin, “but having said that, we’ve come a long way since the start of the season.
“Back then we were playing a style which didn’t suit us and now we’re more varied in our approach and more adaptable.”
The fixture promises to be a titanic clash - Bromsgrove sit just one point ahead of Bees in National League 2 North and there will be no love lost between the two.
The home side have had a run of poor of results while Bees have finally found their feet and are climbing steadily up the table.
Bromsgrove will field a speedy set of three quarters against a Bees back line that’s no slouch either.
Upfront the visitors’ pack has been strengthened by forwards coach Henno Venter pulling on a shirt, transforming their performance.
“Henno has been fantastic, he’s a man mountain who’s galvanised the whole pack,” said Martin.
One key factor though will be keeping all 15 players on the pitch as Bromsgrove are almost certain to try and niggle the visitors.
“Discipline has hamstrung us this season, we’ve given away far too many yellow cards, and it’s something the team is addressing,” said Martin.
Kick off is 3pm. Come on you Bees!