BIRMINGHAM & Solihull Bees picked up their second league win of the season with a morale-boosting 28-19 victory over Guernsey.
An afternoon flight from Birmingham International Airport and a late kick-off did not seem to faze Pete Glackin’s men but an injury to prop Kurtis Payne in the warm-up only served to put further pressure on the already injury-depleted squad.
It was perhaps unsurprising therefore that the Raiders were first on the scoreboard after five minutes through a try from prop Layton Baptiste, converted by full back Alex Glow.
However, Bees responded when Matt Dight showed his pace to score, with Ashley Scriven next over the line.
Jack Jolly’s conversion put the visitors 12-7 ahead at the break.
Guernsey dominated the first 20 minutes of the second half as Dom Rice and Douglas Horrocks crossed the whitewash but both conversions were missed.
Jolly then kicked a penalty to leave Guernsey with a slender 19-15 lead.
Two more Jolly penalties then put Bees ahead going into the final seven minutes.
With time running out, Bees secured the match when Corey Venus used his electric pace to snatch a late try, with Jolly converting to complete the scoring.
Bees, who sit second-from-bottom in National League Two South, entertain Canterbury on Saturday.