Dave Bonner scored his first try for Blackheath against Birmingham. Warren King Photography.
Blackheath moved up to third position in SSE National League One on Saturday with a tenth successive bonus-point win and an eighth victory away from Rectory Field this season.
At Damson Park, in their penultimate fixture, the Club took the lead against Birmingham & Solihull on four minutes when Mike Canty raced through the Bees’ defence to score from 70-metres out.
Dave Bonner crashed over beneath the uprights, and a penalty try led to a favourable 21-10 score at the break, before Markus Burcham and Dave Allen extended the advantage after the re-start, and although the hosts retaliated with two scores of their own mid-half, James Stephenson’s late try killed off any chance of a comeback, the Club ending 38-27 winners.
‘The game went exactly the way we expected,’ said Blackheath’s Performance Director Yusuf Ibrahim.
‘Birmingham played with a lot of spirit, despite being already relegated, throwing caution to the wind and always providing a threat.’
‘We knew we needed to keep our shape and discipline, which for the most part we did and it saw us through.’
What is now undoubtedly Blackheath’s best season since their successful promotion campaign of 2003/04 will conclude this Saturday as the Club host long-standing south London rivals Rosslyn Park.
And the match which is a 3.00 pm kick-off at Rectory Field will take on added significance being Blackheath’s Ladies’ Day in support of Breast Cancer Care.
‘The first Ladies’ Day held last year was a great success,’ continued Yusuf. ‘It’s a players’ initiative and I know the boys are really looking forward to it, although they won’t let it distract them from the job in hand which is finishing the season on a high.’
‘But we know Rosslyn Park will definitely be out to spoil our party (as they did on the opening day of the season when Park won 26-20 with a late try).
‘Head Coach Jan Bonney has built a side with a really solid pack and a lot of flair out wide. They’re in fifth place now but not long ago they were challenging for promotion and will be determined, as we are, to come out on top.’
More information about Blackheath Ladies’ Day can be found at http://www.blackheathladiesday.com.