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Momentum with the Bees as they close in on leaders

BEES’ title challenge continues as Blackheath visit Sharmans Cross Road tomorrow.

BEES’ title challenge continues as Blackheath visit Sharmans Cross Road tomorrow.

Russell Earnshaw’s men have played just three league games in the past 76 days however their chances of snatching the title away from Redruth have improved with time.

Back in December it looked as though the Bees would struggle to catch the runaway leaders but now they sit just ten points behind and have three games in hand.

An impressive cup run and a money-spinning tie with Leeds Carnegie to look forward to has left fans’ favourite Reece Spee full of hope for 2009.

But the 30-year-old full back is fully aware of the threat posed by tomorrow’s opponents.

“They will be physical and will try to disrupt everything,” he said.

“They could have beaten us down there so they’ll be here to get one up on us I guess.

“They’ve got a really good forward pack so it’s a big challenge for our forwards

“It should be a good game.”

Last weekend Bees sneaked past Cinderford in the EDF Energy National Trophy but had to come from behind on two occasions.

Dewi Scourfield crashed over the line to open the scores early on before Ed Orgee burst through to score a try converted by outside half Mark Woodrow.

Then just before half-time Woodrow improved a Ben Phillips touchdown as he continued his impressive recent scoring run.

After the break Simon Hunt continued to terrorise the Cinderford pack and when he released Spee for another converted try things seemed to be going as planned.

But tries from Adam Nicholls, Jake Carter and Danny Wright gave Cinderford a 26-24 lead and it looked like Russell Earnshaw would be returning from England Sevens duties a disappointed man.

That was until with two minutes remaining attacking-minded hooker Phillips put the home side back in front after he was released by Chris Brightwell.

In the dying seconds Leo Halavatau added another score to save Bees’ blushes and set up the mouth-watering tie with Leeds.



Cathrina Hulse
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