BEES are in bullish mood ahead of Saturday’s opening fixture of the rugby season against near neighbours Stourbridge.
Both teams were relegated from National League One last year but director of rugby Eugene Martin is confident that his young side will give a good account of themselves, especially after giving NL1 team Macclesfield a run for their money last weekend.
“The guys did brilliantly,” said Martin, “we have a lot of young lads including three 17-year-olds who were there for 30 minutes and they all did really well.”
In the end their visitors only eased ahead in the last eight minutes after the two teams were tied on 19-19.
“Everything has been put in place,” said Martin.
“I don’t know what Stourbridge have been up to, I understand they have recruited very well, but we can only worry about ourselves and control what we are doing and if we can do that on Saturday we will be okay.”
The last time the two teams met Bees won through the boot of now departed fly half Mark Woodrow after showing an almost criminal inability to cross the Stourbridge line.
This time Martin is confident there will be no such problem.
“We’ve got some very impressive wingers with plenty of pace - Dan Barrett, who joined us from Bournville, scored three tries last weekend,” he said.
He’s also confident that his front five, whipped into shape by the hugely impressive Henno Venter who has joined as forwards coach from Coventry, will give a good account of themselves.
Kick off is at 2pm this Saturday at Portway off junction 3 of the M42.