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Icy weather hits Bees preparation

BEES head coach Eugene Martin has admitted the recent game postponements have been ‘frustrating’ for his team.

BEES head coach Eugene Martin has admitted the recent game postponements have been ‘frustrating’ for his team.

With a fixture pile-up due once the freezing conditions have gone, the New Zealander believes this will hinder his team’s preparation for the play-offs.

With the relegation play-offs all but a certainty, Martin and joint head coach Russell Earnshaw are using the period up to March to mould a team capable of staying in the Championship.

“It’s really frustrating for us,” said Martin, “Because we’re trying hard to find our feet with the play-offs coming up.”

“It’s a case of trying to find the right combinations and figuring out what we can and can’t do, then playing to our strengths.”

Martin will want an improvement on the performance which saw his side walloped by Bedford 49-10 at the weekend.

The game should have been played at Sharmans Cross Road, but due to a frozen pitch and in a bid to avoid yet more fixtures piling up, was switched to Bedford’s Goldington Road which was in better shape.

Bees had a nightmare 15 minutes in which they conceded four tries - two to former team-mate Chris Brightwell.

But what annoyed Martin the most was the mistakes at the end of the game, which gifted Bedford two further tries and a landslide victory.

“We were going well but then there were silly mistakes at the end of the game, caused by a lack of discipline or confidence,” he said.

“But the players can’t go into their shells. Come March, we want to be playing our type of game.”

 

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