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Southend 14 Birmingham & Solihull 39

BEES will be hoping to maintain their 100 per cent home record when they take on Cinderford at Sharman's Cross Road tomorrow.

BEES will be hoping to maintain their 100 per cent home record when they take on Cinderford at Sharman's Cross Road tomorrow.

The promotion-chasers' formidable home form has been the key to propelling them up to second spot in the division, however defeat at Whafedale and leaders Redruth has left them eight points off the unbeaten Cornish table toppers.

Russell Earnshaw's side have won their last four games though, and the tough-talking player-coach will be expecting another win when they kick off at 12.45 tomorrow.

Last week an impressive first half performance earned Bees another precious five-point win.

Four tries in half an hour ended Southend's hopes of picking up their first win in four games.

Ben Phillips set up young flanker Adam Clayton who opened the scoring with his first try of the season. Mark Woodrow added the extras and tucked away a penalty to give Bees an early lead.

Then three tries in five minutes put the game beyond doubt as the rampant away side brushed aside struggling Southend.

Woodrow improved scores from Cameron Mitchell, Ed Orgee and Simon Hunt but Joel Johnston added the extras to a Luke Sloane pushover as Southend attempted to fight back.

After the break Woodrow added another penalty but his only blip of the day came when he missed his kick after Mitch Culpin had scored in the corner.

In the 72nd minute Mark Billings cruised through for a Southend try and replacement fly half Chris Green added the extras.

 

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