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Redruth 35 B'ham & Solihull Bees 28

RUSSELL Earnshaw wants a reaction from his Birmingham & Solihull Bees side as they take on fellow promotion hopefuls Stourbridge tomorrow.

RUSSELL Earnshaw wants a reaction from his Birmingham & Solihull Bees side as they take on fellow promotion hopefuls Stourbridge tomorrow.

The promotion favourites were beaten 35-28 by Redruth last weekend but are hoping to turn things around at Sharman's Cross Road tomorrow.

Stourbridge also suffered an opening day defeat as they were beaten 8-6 at big-spending Cambridge.

"We had a loss (at Bedwas) last week and should have got that out the way," said Earnshaw.

"We had a wake up call then and we should have had a wake up call (against Redruth) at half-time but we didn't.

"We're there to be knocked down and the players know that.

"But to be fair to Redruth they played a very simple game and it worked for them. They did their jobs and earned the victory."

Winger Nathan Pedley was inspirational for Redruth, scoring four of his side's five tries, but the Cornish Reds nearly surrendered a 32-9 lead after crumbling in the second half.

A Mark Scrivener drop goal opened the scoring with Mark Richards increasing the home lead just minutes later.

Fly half Mark Woodrow struck back with the first of his five successful kicks but a Pedley touchdown, converted by Scrivener, increased the hosts' lead.

Woodrow added another two penalties before half time to leave the Bees trailing 15-9 at the break.

The home side started the second half the better and three touchdowns from inform Pedley gave Redruth a convincing lead.

However, Russell Earnshaw's troops battled valiantly and reduced the deficit with three tries from Simon Hunt, Ed Orgee and the influential Woodrow touching down.

Woodrow added two conversions to cap an impressive match for the fly-half.

But, a last minute penalty from Scrivener condemned Bees to a disappointing defeat.

* Bees are offering supporters half price tickets for tomorrow's game with Stourbridge.

To take advantage of the offer visit www.beesrugby. com and fill in the coupon on the page.

 

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