Blackheath 28 Birmingham & Solihull Bees 35
A BATTLING comeback in south London proved the Bees have enough fighting spirit to mount a serious challenge on the National Two title.
Eyebrows were raised when the promotion favourites suffered two defeats in just seven games however they showed their worth on Saturday with a much-needed win.
After trailing 20-6 just before half time, Russell Earnshaw’s men turned the tie around with a Reece Spee-inspired performance.
But not for the first time this season Bees started badly.
Matt Leek made up for a first minute penalty miss to put Blackheath ahead with a well-taken kick.
Mark Woodrow levelled the scores but the hosts soon regained the lead when Dave Allen crashed over the line.
The England Sevens star then kicked another penalty for the visitors but Blackheath extended their lead after Reece Spee was sin-binned for a high tackle.
Right winger Alex Page got his name on the score sheet when Chris Bishay set him up mid-way through the first half.
As Spee returned to the action, Bees got back into the game. The Kiwi full back scored a try just before the break and set up Simon Hunt on 50 minutes.
Woodrow converted and added another penalty to give the visitors a deserved lead before Spee set up captain Rob Connolly for another touchdown.
A penalty from Leek gave Blackheath a lifeline but Spee burst through to score and effectively wrap up the game.
Scrum half James Honeyben scored an injury-time try but Bees held on for the win.
Player coach Earnshaw was happy with the win and also paid full credit to their opponents.
“I think they were the best team we have come up against all season so it was a good win.
“We don’t judge teams on their league positions and this was a good example to back that up.
“We gave away two soft tries but overall I’m pleased with the result and the win.”
Bees entertain Westcombe Park at Sharman’s Cross Road on Saturday.