THE Bees put in a valiant effort on Saturday, but were ousted by second-placed Taunton Titans 27-17 in National League 2 South, as Birmingham & Solihull continue to sit 15th in the table and 15 points adrift from safety.
But despite current standings, the visitors put in a showing off the highest standard, with real fighting spirit and determination to fight their way out of their current situation evident to all present at the Commsplus Stadium.
Bees must have been fearing the worst when after 35 seconds, the Titans had swept the ball through a number of players and into Ollie Rice to run in behind and crash the ball over the line for an immediate try, although the conversion was squandered much to Birmingham’s consolation.
The scoring did not ease up however, and Sam Brown made sure the hosts asserted themselves on the game in double-quick time, clinching a third try through Rice – which proved a turning point for Birmingham & Solihull.
Winger Luke Smith ended off a move that started from a punt up-field from the Bees half, but with the conversion missed to bring the scores to 15-5. The next score of the game proved unstoppable, unfortunately for Bees it was from Taunton’s Charlie Williams – the lock drove his way forwards to go between the posts after a 35-yard run failed to be halted by the Bees 22.
Brown claimed a conversion and a 22-5 lead in the process, a lead that looked almost unassailable for the hosts, but Matt Dight scored a second try for the Bees with Jack Jolly converting, sending the teams in at 22-12 during the interval.
Titans were made to sweat a little bit when Bees struck with a pushover try in the 52nd minute, the gap closing to 22-17 and with chances to gain the lead spurned.
A fourth try from Polish international Aron Struminski proved a real dent for the visitors chances though, ending the scores at 27-17.
Birmingham & Solihull will no doubt take plenty of positives and find solace in the fact that they had pushed one of the league’s strongest sides all the way away from home, with the hope of continuing their strong display with a follow-up performance against Worthing Raiders at Portway this Saturday (2:30pm).