BEES crashed out of the second tier of English rugby on Sunday when they lost their vital relegation play off against Moseley 14-23.
In a game marred by appalling handling errors by the home side Bees failed to do themselves justice against a Moseley side happy to sit back and kick for field position in the first half.
It means that the team, once famed for its slick backs and dazzling handling, will once again be visiting the far flung corners of the country in National League 1.
Meanwhile the team has to pick itself up this Saturday when they play their final match of the relegation play offs away at Esher - knowing that they’ve already gone through the trapdoor.
“I’ve never played in a game where everything is already over - but we want to win and finish on a high,” said Director of Rugby and No 8 Russell Earnshaw who described last Sunday’s performance as ‘just not good enough’, the Bees scored coming from winger Simon Hunt and lock Lava Semisi, both converted by fly half Mark Woodrow.
However the Damson Park outfit have had a tough season - key players have left, money has been tight and nervous players anxious to win maybe tried just a little too hard.
Sunday’s defeat has already had consequences - several players have left while talks are on-going with others which means that Earnshaw will be taking to Surrey a side different from the one of recent weeks.
“We’re looking at the guys who have been on the bench to give them some game time, to freshen up our approach and to get the win,” he said.
As for his own future Earnshaw, who is to marry in August, is adamant he wants to stay.
“I’m not someone who moves from club to club. I want to stay - I like the club and I’m in no rush to go anywhere,” he said.
“Some of the teams there have bigger budgets than we have in the Championship so I’m under no illusions - it will be a tough job but it’s one I want to do.”
Bees play Esher away this Saturday, kick off 3pm.
For a full match report on Sunday’s game visit www.solihullnews.net.