CONFIDENCE is high at Bees as they wait to kick off their second season in National League Two North away at newly-promoted Chester on Saturday.
For the first time in three years the Portway outfit has not been relegated, hasn’t had to re-locate to a new ground and hasn’t had to re-build its squad, director of rugby Eugene Martin kicking off with a strengthened pool of players and aiming for a fourth or fifth finish in the league - if not higher.
“Morale is high, our group of young men are working very hard and you can see how they have developed, passing their knowledge on and bonding as a team,” said Martin.
Key to the forthcoming season has been the recruitment of Bees old-boy Rod Petty from Bournville whose job as utility back will be to organise and drive the three quarters.
“Our backs were missing some experience and we are sure that Rod will make a big difference to us.”
Will Radburn continues as club captain and new recruits include Nigerian national Joseph Mojagi, whom Martin is convinced will light up the three quarters.
Financially the club continues under the backing of chairman Chris Loughran who says he will stay for ‘the next year or two’ providing stability for Martin to build the club.
Birmingham and Solihull play Chester away on Saturday, kick off 3pm.