RUSSELL Earnshaw was happy to see his Bees side back in action last weekend as they beat Launceston 15-10 in round five of the EDF National Trophy.
The Bees were made to sweat at Polson Bridge but had 19-year-old flanker Jack Preece to thank for his winning try in extra time.
Sam Hocking gave the hosts a half-time lead but captain Rob Connolly levelled the scores after the break.
A Ryan Westren touchdown looked to have given Launceston the win on 75 minutes but Bees hit back with a late try from Rod Petty, and Preece sealed the win early into time added on.
Tomorrow Earnshaws troops return to league action when they visit Blaydon who are unbeaten at home.
And the likeable boss knows his side will be in for another tough test.
They keep coming at us at the moment, he said.
Blaydon were very good when we beat them at home and they took a 12-0 lead.
Theyve got eight mental Geordies up front, and seven guys behind who have got a bit of guile.
With the likes of (Andrew) Fenby who has played for England and Brendan Daniel who has had a lot of Premiership rugby, its going to be tough.
Its the same as Launceston, were going to encounter a hostile atmosphere but its what we want.
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