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Earnshaw says Bees have turned the corner

PROMOTION-chasing Birmingham & Solihull Bees take on Wharfedale tomorrow full of confidence after recording four consecutive wins in National Two.

PROMOTION-chasing Birmingham & Solihull Bees take on Wharfedale tomorrow full of confidence after recording four consecutive wins in National Two.

Russell Earnshaw's men travel to North Yorkshire hoping to make it five in a row after seeing off a fired-up Blaydon side last week.

Bees sit in fourth place, just two points behind unbeaten leaders Redruth who defeated the full-time side in the opening game of the season.

But since the defeat the Sharman's Cross Road side have not looked back and Earnshaw admits the defeat could be a blessing in disguise.

"If the recent results continue then come the end of the season we could be looking at the Redruth game as a real eye-opener," he said.

"We've turned the corner since the defeat but it could end up to be a very important result for us."

On Saturday Bees emerged in the second half as a team with serious promotion credentials after trailing Blaydon at the turn 12-3.

Loose head prop Rob Kalbraier gave the Newcastle-based side an early lead as he crashed over in the corner from a line out.

Andrew Baggott improved a Scott Riddell touchdown minutes later to increase their lead before Mark Woodrow pulled back a penalty just before half time.

But an inspiring half-time team talk lifted the Bees and just after the break captain Rob Connolly recorded an important try to bring his team back into the game.

Blaydon began to struggle and in-form Simon Hunt took advantage to touchdown with Woodrow converting.

The fly half then added another penalty before Kiwi full back Reece Spee further increased their lead with another converted try.

Bees had dramatically turned the game around but were still not content with their performance as they chased that elusive fourth try that would give them an important bonus point.

Fittingly it came on 69 minutes from Rod Petty who had played superbly at scrum half throughout the game.

 

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