B’ham Solihull 13 Caldy 17
THE nagging problem of bonus points is becoming an issue as Bees travel to West Yorkshire to face Otley on Saturday.
Bees have the lowest bonus haul of all the clubs in National League Two North and currently sit just two points ahead of Westoe and the relegation zone.
Bonus points are awarded to a team giving a good account of itself - scoring four tries or more or the loser being within seven points of the opposition come the final whistle.
So far Bees have only managed four and although they gained one last week against Caldy, fans know that they should really have had four.
The result left director of rugby Eugene Martin ruing his team’s poor performance and sheer bad luck.
“I’ve studied the DVD and we played really well in the first half to take the lead,” said Martin.
“Then like a lot of teams this year the opposition took their opportunities in the second half and it brought us up short at the final whistle.”
Those opportunities included a hack through that bounced off a Bees player straight into the hands of a Caldy player who scored.
“Granted you make your own luck but we need to make sure that we keep doing the things that we are doing well and work at our second half performance,” said Martin.
Bees had taken a six point lead and then had a further boost when Caldy’s hooker Christian Jones received a straight red card for an incident which left his opposite number Will Radburn concussed.
Caldy kicked a penalty but Bees moved further ahead through a James Oliver converted try. The turning point came when scrum half Jack Jolly was yellow carded and the visitors scored two quick tries to seal the game.
Martin is convinced that his young team can bounce back and win at Otley, but if they don’t, a bonus point could prove invaluable in their battle for survival.
Bees await a doctor’s report on Radburn before heading north.