“NOBODY gave us a hope in hell of winning and we were leading with 19 minutes left but in the end we just came up a little bit short.”
That’s the verdict of Bees coach Eugene Martin, reflecting on the defeat at promotion chasing Fylde last weekend - and the fact that the team had just succumbed to back to back relegations, exiting National League One for the wilds of NL2 North.
Bees were eventually beaten 45 - 24 and with Cambridge winning at home to Cinderford, their hopes of survival were snuffed out.
It means players, coaches and backroom staff must all be considering the future as the club comes to terms with the reality of playing teams like Old Luctonians, Bromsgrove and Hull next season.
“I think when you look back on the season we had two different sides, one for 2011 and another for 2012. It’s like night and day.
“I think in 2011 we lost 13 games on the bounce, we didn’t have belief but all that turned around in 2012,” said the Kiwi. However he believes the future remains bright for the Damson Park outfit.
“I’ve got no idea about next season but the club is building firm foundations with its pathway project with Birmingham Metropolitan College while the Colts team are playing in the final of the North Midlands Cup against Moseley, so the future is promising.”
Bees will be back in action away at Rosslyn Park on Saturday, April 14 and they’re at home again on April 21 against Blackheath.