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Birmingham and Solihull Bees 27 Nuneaton 12

BEES travel to Bed was tomorrow high on confidence for their final pre-season outing.

BEES travel to Bed was tomorrow high on confidence for their final pre-season outing.

Russell Earnshaw will be hoping to make it three wins in as many games when they visit the Welsh Premier League side.

A solid performance last week gave the Bees an impressive 27-12 win over Nuneaton, however the deficit should have been much greater had the hosts held firm for the final ten minutes.

Earnshaw used the game as an experiment which saw a number of players rotated in various different positions.

A hat-trick of tries for left-wing James Aston added to scores from Rod Petty and Rob Connolly.

Simon Hunt set up Connolly for the first of five Bees tries, but Ryan Tomlinson failed to increase the lead as he missed the first of his two kicks.

Minutes later, powerhouse Aston added two tries in quick succession following a brilliant burst from hooker Tom Collett.

Petty increased the lead when he crashed over the line after good work from full back Reece Spee, and then added the conversion himself.

Aston rounded off a strong Bees performance with another uncoverted try before Nuneaton fought back with two consolation tries from Ben Gilbert and lock Dan Hurst.

Earnshaw was frustrated at conceding two 'disappointing' tries late on but was also pleased with the performance.

"We left out some of our senior and injured guys so it was a chance to see some of our younger players display their leadership qualities."

He also reserved praised for Ed Orgee, the former Bees captain who skippered the side to success in the Powergen Cup Semi-final in 2004.

"There were notable performances from James (Aston), Tom (Collett) and hooker Ben Phillips out in the back-row, as well as a welcome appearance from Ed Orgee"



Cathrina Hulse
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