Westoe 31 Bees 34
BEES took a giant step towards safety last Saturday with their first four try bonus point victory of the season over fellow strugglers Westoe.
The result not only pushes the Portway outfit 16 points clear of the drop zone but also gives them a massive boost in confidence and they face Leicester Lions at home this Saturday. Bees fairly thumped the Lions back in September with a 45-3 victory away from home but since then the two teams have gone in opposite directions with the Leicester side now sixth in National League 2 North and Birmingham Solihull in 13th.
However the win over Westoe is proving the perfect tonic for Bees.
“The boys were fantastic against Westoe,” said forwards coach Henno Venter, “they’re really coming together as a team - their confidence is high, they’re showing real character and they’re discovering that winning is a nice feeling.”
Bees had left nothing to chance, travelling up to South Tyneside on Friday to be in the best possible shape for the match on the following day.
However after a Jack Jolly penalty had opened their account it was Westoe that steamed into the lead scoring three tries, although crucially Jolly pulled one back for Bees on 25 minutes to make it 19-10 at half time.
Two tries from Colt Alex O’Malley brought Bees back into it either side of a Westoe try before Rob Connolly crossed on 60 minutes for the visitors. A Jolly penalty added some breathing space only for prop Matt Long to be sin binned on 69 minutes.
Westoe crossed again making for a frantic finish but Bees, with their backs to the wall, held firm.
“I’m delighted with the way the team has gelled and played,” said director of rugby Eugene Martin. “These are local lads and during the winter snow they weren’t content to sit cosy by the fireside they were out there working hard and it’s paying off.”
Bees play Leicester Lions at the Portway tomorrow, Saturday, kick off 2pm.