RUGBY UNION - Birmingham and Solihull Bees claim impressive win at Coventry Welsh - The Solihull Observer

RUGBY UNION - Birmingham and Solihull Bees claim impressive win at Coventry Welsh

Solihull Editorial 14th Nov, 2023 Updated: 14th Nov, 2023   0

BIRMINGHAM and Solihull Bees produced their best performance of the season to secure a 37-14 bonus point win at Coventry Welsh.

Tries from Cameron May, Tom Jones, Lewis Edwards, Oli Nesbitt and Calum Antonio sealed an impressive win for James Panter’s side at Burbages Lane.

Bees were without seven first team regulars as university students Ali Cook and Adam Tromley answered head coach Panter’s call for players.

However, despite the change in personnel, Bees scored the game’s first try on five minutes as May finished off an excellent move after good work from Solihull’s forwards to win the ball back at a ruck.

And the visitors dotted down their second try on 13 minutes as Jones scored in the corner following another flowing move.

Bees vice-captain Edwards was next to cross, intercepting an ambitious pass before running in unopposed from 50-yards out to touch down under the posts before converting his own score.

And Nesbitt then scored his first senior try just before half time after Bees went the length of pitch and through 16 phases as PJ Hatch added the extras to send Solihull into the break with a 24-0 lead.

Coventry finally troubled the scoreboard with a converted try on 50 minutes after a period of pressure on the Bees line.

However, the visitors responded from the restart as Edwards kicked a penalty to stretch their lead to 20 points before Alex Groves and Cook were both sent to the sin bin.

The home side made the most of their two-man advantage to cross for their second try of the game as Solihull did well to limit their opponents to a single try while playing with two players short.

However, Bees struck again when back to a full complement of players as a first senior try for Antonio took the game out of Coventry’s reach following superb work off the ball from Cook.

Bees managed the remaining minutes well as Edwards kicked another penalty late on to secure an impressive victory on the road.

Birmingham and Solihull are next in action at home to Uttoxeter on Saturday, November 18 with kick-off at 2.15pm at Portway.

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