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BHam and Solihull Bees 31 Stourbridge 14

A DOMINANT four-try victory saw Bees record their first win of the season against local rivals Stourbridge.

A DOMINANT four-try victory saw Bees record their first win of the season against local rivals Stourbridge.

Simon Hunt continued his blistering start to the campaign with another two tries to add to further touchdowns from Cameron Mitchell and home debutant Jim Jenner - playing against the club he left in the summer.

Bees started quickly and were ahead after just four minutes, reliable kicker Mark Woodrow hammering a 40-metre penalty between the posts.

Determined to increase their lead, the hosts continued to press the Stourbridge pack and quick-thinking from player-coach Russell Earnshaw saw him loose Mitchell who charged through to secure the first try of the game, with Woodrow adding the extras.

A last-ditch tackle from Scott Young prevented pace-ace Martin Freeman reducing the arrears and things got worse for the visitors when Adam Billig was sent to the sin bin after a trip on Woodrow.

Despite the set-back Stourbridge continued to battle and fought back with a try from Ollie Grove.

After the break, two quick-fire scores from right wing Hunt put the hosts in the driving seat and when former Stourbridge back row Jenner added a fourth there was no way back for the travelling men.

Woodrow added his fourth conversion to complete a 100 percent kicking display and a late Billig try was just a consolation.

Jubilant Earnshaw praised red-hot fly half Woodrow as he continued his fine start to the season.

"It's great to have Woody in the team as he keeps the points ticking over.

"It was also good to have Jim (Jenner) back on the pitch as he is a real leader and a good talker."Earnshaw was pleased with the win but was still left ruing a number of missed opportunities that would have put the score beyond doubt.

"We played well in patches but I wish we could have put them to the sword a bit more.

"We still need to be a bit more precise because we had three great chances right by the line that we failed to convert.

"That said I'm happy with the win."



Cathrina Hulse
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