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Hunt hat-trick helps to secure Cinderford win

RUSSELL Earnshaw's side have a welcome break this weekend to nurse any aches and pains that were picked up in the crushing victory over Cinderford last week.

RUSSELL Earnshaw's side have a welcome break this weekend to nurse any aches and pains that were picked up in the crushing victory over Cinderford last week.

A colossal performance helped Bees rack up their biggest win of the season scoring eight tries in the process.

Simon Hunt moved to the top of the National Two scoring charts with another hat-trick but credit must go to the entire side who performed heroics throughout.

Bees started strongly but it was Cinderford who got on the scoreboard first; Freddie Burns kicking an early penalty which was matched by fly half Mark Woodrow a few minutes later.

The hosts then began to motor and inside centre Mitchell Cameron recorded the first score of the day before Hunt and Rob Connolly increased the scores.

Cinderford were clearly stunned by the onslaught but it got worse for them when Woodrow converted Hunt's second of the afternoon.

After the break Ben Phillips, Ryan Tomlinson, and Mitchell all got their name on the scoresheet with converted tries and Woodrow grabbed one of his own with time running out.

Hunt, who had started it all off got the last to leave Earnshaw delighted with his side's performance.

"We went out there to play tempo rugby and we showed what we are capable of doing," he said. "There's a belief and confidence in the side now."

Bees are next in action at Tynedale in two weeks time. n Birmingham and Solihull Bees must win National Two this season to gain promotion after the RFU backed plans to create a new 12-team Championship below the Guinness Premiership.

The full-time league will be made up from the National Two winners, and the top 11 teams in National One come the end of the season.

Bees' title aspirations are crystal clear - they want to win the league, but club chairman Brian Marshall has admitted he will be bitterly disappointed not to gain promotion if they finish as runners-up.

"When we started this season, it was understood that two teams would be promoted," he said. "It doesn't seem fair to change the rules of the competition when we are virtually half way through the season, when the aspirations of clubs have already been set and budgeted for."

 

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