BIRMINGHAM and Solihull Bees coach Russell Earnshaw believes tomorrow’s home clash against local rivals Coventry will be the perfect tonic for his players.
The player-coach feels a local derby is the perfect way to focus minds and get over their off-field problems.
“They don’t come much bigger than a local derby!” said Earnshaw.
“I’m looking forward to the game - it promises to be a competitive encounter for sure.”
Coventry will be looking to get their Championship campaign back on track after recent defeats at home to London Welsh and away to Bristol.
But the Bees have as much to play for - pride for one thing, their first win of the season for another.
The game will have even more of an edge because the Coventry boss is ex-head Bees man Phil Maynard. But Earnshaw is more concerned about his own team, especially after another drubbing last weekend.
The Bees went down to in-form Doncaster Knights 36-7 as the home side ran in five tries. Birmingham’s consolation came on the hour through flanker Chris Brightwell, who had one of his best games of the season.
Despite the heavy defeat, Earnshaw said his young and brave Bees side deserve credit for their performance.
“We moved the ball well, our line-out was good and defensively we were pretty solid,” he said.
“We created a number of opportunities, took one but unfortunately not more.”
But he added that if his side are to get anything against ninth-placed Coventry tomorrow, the boys need to improve their under-powered scrum.
* The Bees kick off (Saturday, Sharmans Cross Road) has been brought forward to a 1pm kickoff to avoid clashing with the autumn internationals.