Stockport 17 B’ham Solihull 21
BEES boss Eugene Martin has sung the praises of his team’s defence after they survived a last ditch assault on their line against Stockport.
“We defended for 12 phases to keep them out at the end of the game - 12 phases! It definitely shows that this young side has got character,” he said. “They defended tenaciously because these are local boys and they are fighting for each other, for their mates, that’s the difference.”
The result notched up Birmingham & Solihull’s fourth win in five games and puts them in good shape for this Saturday’s tough test against Bromsgrove, who shone last year in NDL 2 but have found this season a bit of a struggle.
However they’ll be on a high after dispatching Westoe last weekend.
“I think both teams will be going out to impose their game plan and I believe they’ve got a few experienced heads in their line up but we have got youth and enthusiasm,” said Martin.
Channelling that enthusiasm has proved challenging at times; against Stockport Bees were behind for much of the game, although a try from Oscar Heath and the boot of Jack Jolly meant they were always in touch. Ten minutes into the second half a Rob Connolly try, converted by Jolly, gave them the lead for the first time and that last ditch defence ensured they went away with the points.