By Ross Crawford
Bees 29 Leicester Lions 21
UPBEAT Bees face Stourbridge tomorrow in positive mood after recording their first win of the new campaign in National League 2 North.
Their Black Country neighbours will hold no fear for the Portway side, despite them demolishing Dudley Kingswinford 71-17 last weekend.
Birmingham & Solihull director of rugby Eugene Martin said he hadn’t had Stour watched and his young side would be busy concentrating on their own game.
“We will just have our usual build up to the game like any other,” said Martin, “and if any issues need to be addressed it will be done in the changing room before they go out.”
Stourbridge famously choked last season after being runaway leaders of the league until the last few weeks when they not only blew their chances to win it but failed to get the second promotion spot too,
And although Bees lost both their matches against them last time out, there was enough there to suggest that this time round, with a strenghtened team, it will be a close battle.
“Stourbridge are just another side in the league and we know they have a lot of experience but we know we just have to do our own thing,” said Martin.
The coach was certainly heartened by his team’s performance against Leicester Lions and he singled out the centre part of the spine of the side for particular praise.
“The performance of our eight (Rob Connolly), nine (Rod Petty) and ten (Adam Canning) was crucial and it was good that we bounced back from the defeat at Chester where we had started with eight new players,” said Martin.
“Leicester were a big, physical side and I was pleased with the way we controlled territory. We have a young side and what Rod Petty does is bring clarity to team.”
On the day Canning collected 24 points and Connolly scored a try as Bees ran out comfortable winners despite a late fightback from the Lions.
On Saturday Bees face Stourbridge away, kick off 3pm at Stourton.