GOING into administration, losing countless players, sitting bottom of the league and being docked 15 points – can it get any worse for the Bees?
Well yes actually, as the new-look playing squad has now been hit with a nasty outbreak of swine flu.
Some of the players actually had the virus last weekend, meaning coach Eugene Martin had to make last minute changes to his team.
The 28-0 result may seem like a thrashing, but the patched-up Bees team did magnificently well to reduce second-placed opponents Bristol to just four tries.
“Given the players that we had available for selection, with some playing out of position, I thought the effort was unbelievable so I am very proud of the lads,” said Martin
Affected players at Sharmans Cross Road have been treated by the team doctor and have been advised to be ‘ultra cautious’.
“We have asked the guys to be sensible,” said Martin.
“The boys bring their own water bottles to training and we try to make sure they are not sitting around in wet gear or going out just wearing a vest. It’s a challenge but it’s just another thing we have to handle – we’ll battle on.”
But there is some good news. Despite going over on his ankle and limping off, fly-half Ben Patston’s injury is not as bad as first feared. An X-ray revealed no break or damage, yet the player is a doubt for this weekend’s visit from London Welsh.