RUGBY UNION: PETE Glackin’s Birmingham and Solihull Bees side went top of the Midlands Premier Division table following a comfortable 48-5 win against Longton.
Bees travelled to Stoke to face a Longton side that lost heavily to Sandbach in their previous outing and were looking to put right to the wrong.
The visiting side started well with Andy Weaver bursting his way through the Longton defence within the first minute of the game.
Despite playing up the slope and into a strong headwind, continued pressure by the visitors saw Max Rodman float in for the Bees’ second try of the match on the 13-minute mark.
The young fly half showed great evasion and bravery by sliding through tackles to find his way over the whitewash.
Captain and scrum half Jack Jolly converted Rodman’s solo effort to put Bees ahead by 12 points.
Longton soon found themselves further on the back foot as winger Jack Newton-Taylor was shown a yellow card for a professional foul.
Jolly capitalised on the winger’s error, despite the best efforts of Storm Brian, to slot the penalty kick through the posts to make the score 15-0.
After establishing good field position, Zane Raimondi was the next Bees player on the scoresheet.
The mobile forward finished off a well organised lineout drive to crash over for his team’s third try, converted by Jolly.
Moments later it was Zane again who gave the Bees their try bonus point.
Some good offloading and support play in difficult conditions allowed Bees’ hooker to dive over the line just before half time to make the score 29-0.
Matt Spink effectively sealed the win for Bees with an early try at the start of the second half, which was converted by Jolly.
Rodman then managed to dot down his second try of the afternoon, with a stunning piece of individual brilliance.
Starting on his own 10m line, he ran around the defence and looked as though he was going to be pushed out of play – yet a well-timed side step showed him a clear lane to the try line.
He did not disappoint and stretched the visitor’s lead to 41-0.
A period of ill-discipline proved costly for the Bees though, as both JT and Umraan Jadwat were shown yellow cards for separate offences.
This gave Longton the latitude they needed as centre Scott Rawlings crossed the line for his side’s first and only points of the afternoon.
Restored to a full complement of 15, the Bees were to appropriately have the final word with a try that came from a strong winger’s run by Tawanda Chipadza, who offloaded a seemingly impossible pass to full back Harry O’Brien, who scored and converted his own try to make the final score 48-5.
Bees are next in action against championship rivals Newbold-on-Avon on Saturday at 3pm.
Picture: Manjit Narotra.