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Self belief growing in Birmingham Solihull as Bees march north to Hull Ionians

BEES will travel to Hull Ionians with a renewed sense of belief after their outstanding 19-0 victory over Sheffield Tigers.

BEES will travel to Hull Ionians with a renewed sense of belief after their outstanding 19-0 victory over Sheffield Tigers.

The Portway outfit not only won a tough fixture, they dominated it and recorded their first clean sheet of their National League 2 North campaign.

Against Tigers, Bees defended like lions, cut out the mistakes, dominated the scrum and took their chances.

Forwards coach Henno Ventnor put the transformation down to that growing sense of belief.

“It was a brilliant performance, just inspirational, and it came from the belief within the team,” he said.

“It’s given us a massive boost in confidence. These lads work hard week in, week out, and today it paid off.”

Critical to the win was the low penalty count; Bees simply did not infringe and with Long and Mike Hill controlling the scrum, Tigers started to fall foul of the referee.

They only had one pot at goal, which was missed, and kicked for touch with their one other chance, Bees resolutely holding the line to clear the danger.

“We worked really hard on defence and on the set-piece because that’s where it all begins, that and the belief we have in ourselves,” said Ventnor.

The South African had named himself on the subs bench. He came on midway through the second half to steady the Birmingham Solihull ship when the Tigers started their fightback as Bees rattled up 19 points from four Jack Jolly penalties and a try from Matt Long converted by Lee Chapman.

“I don’t want to hang up my boots yet,” said lock Ventnor. “The plan was just to get some experienced leadership on the pitch but that said, the leadership was good throughout the game.”

Everyone played their part in the win, from youngsters such as Matt Spink and Alex O’Malley to old stagers like Long.

Bees play second in the league Hull Ionians away on Saturday, kick off 2pm. Their next home fixture is against Preston Grasshoppers on January 26.

 

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