Hull Ionians 28 Bees 11
EXPECT a battle royal this Saturday as Bees take on Dudley Kingswinford in a lip-smacking local derby.
Both teams are in the lower half of National League Two and neither is entirely safe from relegation, with DK sitting just two points ahead of the Solihull outfit in 12th and 13th place respectively.
The stats alone indicate what kind of game is in store - DK have scored more, conceded way more and won nearly twice as many bonus points as Bees, so all the indications are that it’s going to be a close-run thing at Portway.
Bees director of rugby Eugene Martin confirmed they had certainly done their homework on the Black Country side.
“They’re a robust and physical side with two good ball-carrying centres,” he said.
“However the focus will not be on the opposition but on being the very best that we can be on the day.”
DK will come into the match rested after not playing last week and on the back of a very close call against lowly Westoe the week before.
An understrength Bees meanwhile lost 28-11 to title-chasing Hull Ionians, no disgrace given their second in the table status.
Bees took the lead with a drop goal from fly half Lee Chapman and although Ionians hit back, a Daniel Barrett try kept the visitors in the hunt.
A Jack Jolly penalty narrowed the gap to four points before Ionians turned on the second-half burners.
“We just came up short against a well-drilled side,” said Martin.
“However we’ve taken the positives from the game and we’re all looking forward to Saturday.”
Bees play Dudley Kingswinford at Portway tomorrow, Saturday, kick off 2pm.