Bees 25 Dudley Kingswinford 22
BEES’ woeful disciplinary record nearly cost them dearly in their nail-biting victory of local rivals Dudley K in the National League 2 North.
A red card for normally well mannered No 8 Rob Connolly after just 20 minutes handed the initiative to the visitors after Bees had carved out a 7-0 lead thanks to an Oscar Heath try. Luckily for them, DK’s grey matter had gone missing too, as they spurned countless kicks at goal in the hunt for tries - and had two players yellow carded themselves.
Director of Rugby Eugene Martin admitted he was puzzled by the decisions of their opponents.
“I’m not sure what their gameplan was - maybe they were looking too far ahead for bonus points rather than just going for the win,” he said.
“However in the first half of the season there were a few games where we came up short, this time around we’re crossing the line.”
Bees are away at bottom of the table Huddersfield this weekend by Martin said they won’t be taking anything for granted.
“We’ll just prepare in the usual way as every team is dangerous,” he said.
Against DK, following Connolly’s dismissal, the visitors ran in three tries through Josh Watkins.
Nine points down, the arrival of replacement prop Matt Long signalled Bees were taking Route 1 and the loose head duly finished off a typical Bees power drive.
Replacement Steve Leach then bulldozed over for a converted try. With Bees back in the lead DK spurned a penalty to draw level, opting instead for an ultimately futile attempt for a winning try.
Bees, who have two youngsters, Jonah Boyce and Chris Fensome in the England Colleges squad, are likely to pick another Colt, Finlay Sinclaire, to replace Connolly on Saturday.