Bees begin again with Jolly trip to Channel Islands
Guernsey 19 B’ham & Solihull 28
IT was a successful trip to the Channel Islands for gutsy Birmingham and Solihull Bees as they beat Guernsey to end a five- match losing streak.
Bees lost Kurtis Payne to a serious knee injury in the warm- up but, with the match tightly poised in the second half, the boot of captain Jack Jolly and a Corey Venus try saw them surge to victory.
“We billed this as our World Cup final, do or die,” said Jolly.
“This was how we were going to restart our season and I think that showed in the lads’ performance.
“We don’t do it easy, we never have, it wasn’t the best start but we grew into the game. When we got our hands on the ball we clearly caused them problems.’’
Guernsey took the lead on five minutes through prop Layton Batiste’s try. But Bees gradually gained a foothold and Matt Dight scored down the left wing midway through the half.
Ashley Scriven’s try just before the interval put Bees ahead, although Guernsey were level when Dom Rice crossed early in the second half. After a Jolly penalty, the hosts went ahead through Douglas Horrocks’ try after Bees’ Ed Krawiecki was sin- binned.
But Bees weren’t to be denied a second National Two South win of the season and two further Jolly penalties pegged them back, before Venus’ fine solo try capped a gritty victory.