Harrogate 34 Birmingham & Solihull 35
The issue of concussion is the hot topic of rugby at the moment and when a blow to the head stunned Bees’ winger Dai Evans, the club’s player protection protocols swung into action.
Evans, who had already scored a try in the 13th minute, seemed okay but the medics wanted to check him out pitchside.
“He had seemed a bit dazed but everything was fine and he must have been okay because he then caught the ball to score the try that won us the match,” said director of rugby Eugene Martin.
The win, by the tightest of margins, still leaves Bees in the relegation zone, despite picking up a four-try bonus point, as both Luctonians and Hull, the teams nearest them on points, both won.
The Portway outfit have a week off this week before the crunch fixture at home against Kingsland-based Old Luctonians on March 7, which could well seal the fate of either team.
“Obviously we’ve talked about the Luctonians match and I think if we continue to do what we know we do well then we can give a good account of ourselves,” said Martin.
It was concentrating on the basics that put Bees on the road to their seventh National Two North win this season.
They had to endure a last-minute penalty kick, but Joe Rowntree’s aim failed him and the relieved visitors ran out victorious.
Bees will be looking for the same grit and determination for their season decider at Portway next Saturday.