Bees Director of Rugby Eugene Martin couldn’t hide his dismay in the aftermath of this defeat to Wirral-based club Caldy.
That was after Bees had looked nailed on favourites to take the points when they went 20-7 up after 53 minutes.
But Caldy had different ideas and gradually ground Bees down in the final quarter to claim a deserved victory.
Bees had bossed the opening exchanges and scored two excellent tries in the process with some exhilarating running rugby, second row Soloman Dacres touching down on both occasions.
Both tries were improved upon by the accurate boot of Adam Canning who underlined exactly why he is the leading points scorer in this division.
Canning kicked everything that came his way, especially the conversion to Dacres opening try which went dead centre through the middle of the posts from the touchline.
Despite this, Bees finished up well beaten as Caldy took charge in the scrums, shoving Bees backwards at a rate of knots on every occasion.
The pressure told, when after a series of five metre scrums, referee Claire Hodnett lost patience, awarded a penalty try and sin binned replacement prop Jonah Boyce for good measure. The writing was on the wall from that moment and Caldy duly went in front when hooker Neil Dawridge was propelled over from a driving maul. Caldy could even afford the luxury of a late penalty from full back Soutar who converted all three of his side’s tries, including a first half touchdown from inside centre Tom Banks.
Martin admitted: “We built such a good platform in the first half, but in the second half we were under the cosh. The turning point came when we lost tight head prop Nick Bingham.
“The scrums are something we are going to have to address and maybe there’s a chance I can get Si Gardiner back from Moseley. I’ll be putting in a phone call!
“At the same time, we shouldn’t underestimate Caldy. They came here to win and showed what a good side they are. They’re not fourth in the table without a reason.”