BEES coach Russell Earnshaw is looking to strengthen his squad following the emergence of Birmingham & Solihull Rugby Club from the ashes of Birmingham and Solihull RFC, which went into voluntary liquidation.
With backing from two local investors and the support from the RFU until the end of November, the club is confident it can honour and still prosper in the second tier of English rugby, the Championship.
“With new financial backing now in place, players being paid and work going on behind the scenes, I am looking forward to refocusing my energies on the playing side,” said Earnshaw.
On Saturday against Moseley prop Ricky Davies went through the pain barrier playing with two prolapsed discs in his back and top of Earnshaw’s shopping list will be more front five players plus back up for fly half Rod Petty.
“The team has been playing well but we need to add to our strength in depth,” said Earnshaw, “and although Rod’s been in form we need cover there too.”
On Saturday Bees, currently languishing with -13 points at the bottom of the table following their financial troubles, are away to fellow strugglers Doncaster Knights who nevertheless saw off a strong London Welsh at The Stoop last weekend.
“They are playing well - the same team that beat Welsh had lost their previous six games so obviously they’ve begun to gel as a team,” said Earnshaw.
Team spirit is certainly not something missing at Sharmans Cross Road despite losing 16-23 in their local derby.
Against near rivals Moseley they were 13-6 up at half time and had snuffed out every attack by the visitors with some ferocious tackling with lock Alex Davidson prominent.
Even losing fellow second row Stuart Ault to a yellow card four minutes before half time failed to dent the Bees’ spirit.
To the watching fans it was plain that Moseley had turned up expecting to roll over their troubled neighbours.
Instead it was a try from centre Ronnie McClean after 10 minutes for Bees that got the crowd on its feet, converted by winger Simon Hunt. Hunt was to add two more penalties, cancelled out by two from Moseley’s Tristan Roberts.
However the warning signs were there - the scrum was creaking and ball was being lost in the line out.
Within 13 minutes of the re-start the game was already running out of their reach, two converted tries from flanker Neil Mason and replacement Nathan Bressington pushing the visitors ahead.
The homeside kept the spirit burning but all they had to show for their efforts was a further penalty from Hunt, matched by Moseley’s Andy Borgen.
* Bees, with minus 13 points - are not doomed to go down this season as relegation will be decided by a two game play off by the bottom sides.