Bees be­gin again with Jolly trip to Chan­nel Is­lands

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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.

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