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Mounts Bay 8 Bham & Solihull Bees 61

PLAYER-coach Russell Earnshaw wants his everimproving Birmingham & Solihull Bees to continue progressing as they prepare for a tough month in National Two.

PLAYER-coach Russell Earnshaw wants his everimproving Birmingham & Solihull Bees to continue progressing as they prepare for a tough month in National Two.

Bees face a tricky home match against Blaydon tomorrow but are high on confidence after a 61-8 victory down south at Mounts Bay.

But the powerhouse No.8 played down his side's recent success and said there is plenty more to come from the Sharman's Cross Road side.

"We are still making frustrating mistakes which need to be improved on," said Earnshaw.

"Blaydon are an abrasive side, and play quite similar to us. They've got a few lads on loan from Newcastle so it will be hard.

"But we're playing on our own patch and we expect a win."

Last Saturday an immense performance from the promotion favourites blew away the National Two new-boys to show the rest of the league they mean business.

Captain Rob Connolly led by example scoring a hat-trick with Cameron Mitchell also scoring a trio of tries and leading try-scorer Simon Hunt adding a brace.

Bees took the lead early on through a penalty try when Hunt was illegally taken out by Sam Parsons. Reliable kicker Mark Woodrow added the first of eight conversions.

Fly-half Josh Matevasie briefly hit back for the hosts with a drop goal but Reece Spee released Connolly who crashed over the line for his first converted score.

Ben Stroud was red-carded for Bay and Mitchell added to their misery with two quick-fire tries both converted by Woodrow.

In the second half Connolly and Hunt added early tries but Woodrow missed the left winger's conversion to spoil an otherwise perfect kicking performance.

Debutant Shaun Pammenter and young hooker Tom Collett both received late yellow cards, and although Mitchell and Connolly completed Bees scoring, Mounts Bay winger Ollie Faulkner had the last say with an unconverted try.

 

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