A STIRRING second half performance was not enough to paper over the cracks of the first 40 minutes as Bees failed to do themselves justice at Old Deer Park.
The side that had run promotion favourites Bristol so close the week before found themselves 25 points to nil down before they’d even got out of the blocks thanks to a ragged lineout and poor handling.
It left player coach Russell Earnshaw scratching his head and wondering where the team had left the excellence of the training ground.
Playing without talisman fly half Mark Woodrow who’s taken his kicking boots to play in Italy, it was Rod Petty who slotted in at No10.
Centre Cameron Mitchell finally made the break which led to the Bees getting on the scoreboard, Ronnie McClean scoring under the posts, then converting his own try.
Despite being continually under attack, Petty then scored late on to make it 37-12.
Bees travel to Nottingham on Sunday for a 3pm kick off and they’ll be hoping that some of their returning injured will make an impact.