LAST week’s heartbreaking defeat 24-22 against Leeds Carnegie was hard to take – but Bees’ league focus will not be affected.
Assistant Coach Eugene Martin insists the Sharmans Cross Road outfit are up for the title challenge which continues at Westcombe Park tomorrow.
Leaders Redruth visit Cinderford while the Bees make the trip down south to Kent.
“The boys are feeling remarkably good even though they lost or rather, came second should I say,” said Martin.
“They’re really keen to grab something tangible at the end of the year, our campaign has had its hiccups, but I think we’re in a perfect position now.
“We’ve got our destiny in our own hands and that’s not coming from myself or Russell (Earnshaw), that message is coming from the team direct.”
Last weekend extra-time tries from Leeds youngsters Scott Freer and Phil Swainston helped the unbeaten National One leaders pip Bees in the last minute.
An incredible ten minutes of added time was played which added to Bees’ frustrations.
Carnegie made a bright start when Jason Strange improved Adam Hopcroft’s sixth minute try.
Mark Woodrow then missed a penalty and a conversion on 24 minutes after Rod Petty had run in a five-pointer between the posts - the first points the away side had conceded in the competition this season.
Leigh Hinton touched down in the corner after 32 minutes for Leeds however Strange was unable to add the conversion.
Fresh legs were introduced in the second half and on 57 minutes Scott Young released fellow centre Cameron Mitchell who crashed over the line to spark a Bees fightback. Woodrow kicked the extras to level the scores.
Mitchell then turned provider as his crossfield kick was worked along the line for Reece Spee to score out wide.
Then almost immediately from the re-start prolific Simon Hunt ran in another unconverted try to leave the Bees dreaming of the semi-finals.
But replacement hooker Freer powered over the line in reply for Leeds and Alberto Di Bernardo kicked the conversion.
Then a last-gasp try from debutant Swainston left Di Bernardo with a conversion to win the game which the Argentine duly did to break Bees hearts.