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Three-match challenge

RUSSELL Earnshaw is hoping that a gruelling three games in just seven days will help his side get over their agonising one-point loss to local rivals Moseley last weekend.

RUSSELL Earnshaw is hoping that a gruelling three games in just seven days will help his side get over their agonising one-point loss to local rivals Moseley last weekend.

In mostly re-arranged fixtures, Solihull and Birmingham Bees will face Doncaster Knights this Saturday, Nottingham on Tuesday evening and Coventry on Friday.

The games will give Head Coach Earnshaw the ideal opportunity to try out many of his new players - 14 of which were brought in just before the transfer deadline - and build a team capable of winning the relegation play-offs come March.

“Playing three tough games in the space of just seven days puts an enormous amount of pressure on the players and gives us very little recovery and preparation time between fixtures,” admitted Earnshaw.

“However, with far greater strength and depth now in our squad, we are in a much better position to meet the demands of this tough schedule and everyone is really up for it.”

The revitalised Bees will play Saturday’s game at Sharmans Cross Road (their first at home since mid-December) and Friday’s game away at Coventry.

Meanwhile, their Tuesday night fixture will be played under floodlights at Billesley Common, home of local rivals Moseley - which is where they came so close to victory last Saturday.

The brave Bees came within a point of gaining their first league win in nine months, with a narrow 25-24 defeat.

Two tries from wing Simon Hunt - who also kicked five points - and three penalties from debutant fly half Ricky Aley, were very nearly enough against a nervy Moseley side. In fact, the Bees out-scored their neighbours by two tries to one, and if it wasn’t for the trusty boot of Moseley’s Tristan Roberts, the result would have been a very different one.

After the game, Earnshaw said that his side need to play to their strengths and realise where their weaknesses lie.

He added: “And we need to cut out on the needless penalties, there were a couple of cheap ones early on.”

* Tuesday night’s game at Billesley Common is classed as a ‘home’ game and so season ticket holders can enter for free. For those turning up on the night, cut-price tickets of £10 for adults and £5 for concessions are available, and children get in for free.

 

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