BEES TAKE THE SPOILS IN TENSE LOCAL DERBY
BOURNVILLE 3 BIRMINGHAM BEES 17
With your usual scribe away at Murrayfield, captain Tom Holliday gives his view of the game from the coalface...
Following last week’s high scoring affair, Bournville were back at home this week against league leading Birmingham & Solihull in what was always going to be a well contested local derby. The only change in the forwards was Rich Corr and Steve Smith swapping places in the second row with Rich starting and one in the backs where James Whybrow moved into the centre and the well again Luke Smith returned to the wing. The rest of the bench was the status quo.
A rearranged fixture from the last round before Christmas, both sides had great support (the Bournville supporters trying out the new pitch side bar…) and everyone was ready for kick off.
The opening stages were well fought, with both sides enjoying patches of possession and showing great defence, where Bournville flanker Eji Uzoigwe made a superb try saving tackle when Bees looked sure to score under the posts. This was a great example of the level of heart shown by the Bournville players throughout the game, a marked improvement from recent weeks.
The first 20 minutes Bournville had control of the game, with big forward carries from James Weaver, who had a great game and Eji, who was rolling back the years with his energy shown throughout. Bournville started to take control of the set piece, putting the scrum under pressure and disrupting the Bees lineout throughout. Bourns had the opportunity to capitalise on this spell of possession with an opportunity wide left, but Bees read it well, and the overlap was spurned.
Just before the half hour mark, Bees had a driving lineout, which they executed well, drove over the line and had a try against the run of play. This was converted and Bees took a 7-0 lead.
Up the other end, after a spell of possession, Bournville were awarded a number of penalties, and finally decided to take the points on offer, with Warner slotting one for a 7-3 score – this was the score going into half time.
The second half started in similar fashion, with both teams enjoying possession and both sides defending well. Bournville had an opportunity in the half from a great move on half way, with full back Tom Jarvis brilliantly cutting through the defence and with seemingly too much space, and too many options, the break ran out of steam, and Bourns missed a chance to take control on the score board.
Bees would then score a couple of tries, through some individual brilliance, and some hard work from their forwards and ball carriers, taking the score to 17-3 with 10 minutes to go. The Bees 9 received a yellow for stamping as Bees were attacking the Bourns line, relieving the pressure and giving Bourns the chance to get down the other end to try and rescue a well deserved bonus point from the game. It wasn’t to be, and the game ended 17-3 to Bees.
The main takeaways from the game for Bourns were a huge improvement defensively, and playing hard for 80 minutes, with every member of the squad making a positive impact. Ultimately, the difference between the teams on the day was execution of chances, with Bees taking theirs, and Bourns letting theirs go begging.
Bournville are next in action on Saturday, playing Newbold at home, which seems like a race against the ‘Beast from the East’ snowfall.
Star man this week goes to back row, Ejike Uzoigwe, who worked tirelessly throughout, with and without the ball.
From the photo man
Sorry if I've jumped the gun (again) and a match report is imminent but I have things to do, so take a look HERE for a few photos of the Bees match.
Light in abundance, as was the skill and commitment from both sides, but what a dreadful place to take photos at. Counting the days.
250 photos resulting in a 49 keepers. I got sick and tired of looking at a wire fence. My 'featured image' is just a gnats off being spot on, as I think I may have just caught the no. 10's hair with my focal point. Never mind it's a nice shot.
Sully the happy retired fireman with camera