MY how the records tumbled as Bees pulverised basement boys Waterloo, keeping a clean sheet into the bargain.
The 115 points the Sharmans Cross Road outfit racked up was the highest score ever in National League Two while a trio of records fell thanks to the boot of fly half Mark Woodrow – most team conversions – 98, most conversions in a match – 15, and most individual conversions in a season – 92.
The euphoria was further heightened by news that Cambridge had beaten Redruth, putting Bees five points clear at the top of the Division Two table.
Skipper for the day lock Alex Davidson was delighted with his team’s performance: “It was wonderful to keep a clean sheet and despite the scoreline Waterloo did pose us problems, particularly up front, but we always knew that they would tire and our fitness would win through.”
Coach Eugene Martin was full of praise for the diminutive Woodrow, who re-joined Bees after a two year spell with Doncaster Knights at the start of this season: “He’s our little Johnny Wilkinson, he works hard on his game and this is the result,” he said.
“However the great thing about this team is that there are no stars, they’re always looking for support, helping each other and playing for each other.”
The writing was on the wall for Waterloo 40 seconds into the match – flanker Chris Brightwell running hard and strong to feed outside centre Ryan Tomlinson who beat three men to score. Woodrow naturally converted.
From there on it was one way traffic with the notable exception of the first ten minutes of the the second half when Waterloo, already 47-0 down, briefly threatened the Bees line, only just failing to cross.
Other than that only eagerness on the homeside’s behalf prevented the score from being racked up any higher.
The pick of the tries was perhaps by Solihull Times full back Reece Spee who side stepped four defenders to touch down after a typical bullocking run by man of the match Leo Hallavatau.
The most satisfying score fell to replacement flanker Any Daish, back after a long term absence through injury while the weirdest fell to hooker Jack Preece; Waterloo won the ball on their own put-in only for their forwards to melt away. Preece in the middle of the pack, got his hands on the ball and outsprinted the defence to score. The high five by his props Andi Lawrence and Craig Voicey said it all.
Next week it’s back to business for Bees as they travel away to Launceston for what is sure to be a tougher test of their championship credentials.