BEES are on a mission to “show how good they can be” after slipping to a disappointing defeat at Nottingham.
The Solihull side had showed good form in the preceding weeks, beating Bristol away and a good first half performance at home to high fliers Bedford.
In contrast Nottingham had lost their previous four games, but it was they who stamped their authority on the game.
Both sides had early penalties converted, and it was the Bees who looked the more dangerous in the early stages, Rob Connolly going down for a try to give them the lead.
However Bees’ task was made considerably harder by two Nottingham tries in three minutes. Russell Earnshaw’s side gave away the ball too many times and were punished for their carelessness.
A second half try from Will Lawson gave the Bees a glimmer of hope but by then the game was already lost.
With Moseley winning at the weekend the Bees are facing an uphill struggle to finish in the safety of eighth position, although director of rugby Russell Earnshaw is adamant it is still achievable.
“We’ve got to win six or seven of the last eight games to be able to finish in the last eight”, he said. “That was the target at the beginning of the season and it’s still the target now.
“We’ve been very hot and cold this season. We’ve shown good performances against Esher and Bristol and we should be able to do the same week in, week out.”
In remedy of this the Bees are planning on bringing in a sports psychologist. The Bees last utilised one at the end of last season and their ‘great escape’ when they beat the odds to stay up, winning three games in the relegation play-offs despite not managing a single victory in the regular season.
Earnshaw is hoping the introduction of a sports psychologist can help the Bees be “more consistent.”
“We need to focus on getting our performances back to where it has been,” he said. “The team need to show themselves and each other and the people watching how good they can be.”
* The Bees are at home to London Welsh this Sunday, kick-off 3pm.