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Bees produced their best display of the season on Saturday as they demolished 6th placed Cinderford with not just consummate ease but with a performance that delivered so much more than previous victories. All of this despite fly-half Freddie Burns giving the Foresters a 3pt lead within the opening minute of the game, following Bees sloppy handling of the kick-off. Opposite number Mark Woodrow leveled some 13minutes later as the breakdown was arm-wrestled for but with the home sides front row taking control Woodrow got the arm-chair ride fly-half’s enjoy so much which set the scene for the remaining 65minutes plus injury time.

Simon Hunt, resuming top of the table try-scoring duties with an impressive hat-trick, whilst five other Bees also marked their cards, signaled the start of the 8-try rout on the quarter hour mark with a well-judged and –taken try. Like fly-half-like grubber Woodrow poked through a cheeky bouncing ball for the 6ft 2” wing-man to latch onto when Cinderford’s defence rushed and left a favourite Bees option available for selection. Woodrow with his radar just out brushed the wrong-side of the posts with the conversion but events had been set in motion and they were all black, red and amber (8-3).

Captain Rob Connolly retained his place on the score-sheet, the Irishman, with a nose for the try-line, raced over from No. 8 Jim Jenner’s pick-up and peel before Hunt picked up his second and team’s third minutes later: scrum-half Sam Brown in attracting attention from the base of the scrum sprung the trap to release the former England Sevens International for a short range crash over (18-3). Woodrow failed uncharacteristically to find the centre of the sticks, albeit from the touchline on both attempts, but made no mistake kicking from hand as his raking touch-finders took great chunks of well as the wind from the sails of Cinderford’s incursions.

An immediate second half Cinderford response could have proved a rescue remedy and although they started industriously it was clear Bees’ were a class apart. Too much power and fluency provided the home side backs a delicious platform to work from but it was the work at the breakdown that created the momentum. Front row forwards Craig Voisey and Matt Long devouring ruck after ruck whilst the second row unit of Ed Orgee and Shaun Pammenter complimented tirelessly with grunt and dexterity where needed in the set-piece.

With the exchanges now wholly Bees dominated the back-row started to move through the gears. Ben Phillips from Hooker, a virtual extra flanker in the loose, grabbed his third of the season courtesy of a deft Woodrow inside feed, but it was so much more than that. Lineout ball off the top was tidied mid-field by player/coach Russell Earnshaw, inside centre Cameron Mitchell offered himself on the hit-up, the ball was recycled, Brown hit Woodrow who picked up the super off-ball run from Phillips for the Welshman to start and finish an outstanding team try. With the Little General now firing on all cylinders, not another kick went awry as the Bees lead was extended, the four-try bonus point was secured and it was no looking back as Birmingham & Solihull put the Foresters to the sword (25-03).

Earnshaw gave the Bees crowd and the neutral reason to cheer following the re-start, the England Sevens Assistant Coach unleashing dummy ‘n’ go skills and a clean pair of heels to skip through a defence now in array. Support from prop Voisey and his quick hands shifted the point of attack and although a cross-field kick skipped wide, it was only momentary respite for Cinderford as the Bees regrouped: outside centre Scott Young delaying masterfully and as ever unselfishly for his sixth assist of the season to send Woodrow between the posts for another converted try (32-03).

A subsequent Bees scrum 15m from their own try-line was then a real kick in the teeth as Rod Petty entered the fray for the faultless Brown at scrum-half to kick-start something of a party piece for the Australian - launching attacks from impossibly deep, but ‘if it’s on, it’s on’ no? Jenner picked from a sturdy scrum, off-loaded to a close Petty who spun a wide ball to Mitchell, quick hands to Adam Clayton (replacing Pammenter) found fullback Reece Spee for a 40m gallop. Connolly then cameo’d on the inside, his over the shoulder pass fell into Young’s path and if not then for a rather adventurous flick pass that just fell short of Clayton’s grasp, well...

...but not to be defeated and with the crowd baying for more, Bees didn’t disappoint. Cameron Mitchell validated his pace to run in from 60m after Woodrow exploited Cinderford’s tiring legs from a lineout ball within the Bees 22m. Connolly enjoying himself in a supporting role straightened to put Mitchell away with Woodrow converting (39-03).

Jack Preece making the team-sheet at short notice replaced the outstanding Phillips with 20minutes to go, the line-outs stayed strong and indeed provided the framework for Bees penultimate try. Handling from the touchline throw-in provided Young with a virtual queue of backs to choose from, Ryan Tomlinson in the end securing honours for his maiden try of the season, the young Canadian dotting down between the uprights to make life easy for Woodrow (46-03).

Three minutes into injury time Hunt dotted the i’s and crossed the t’s on his team’s and own impressive performance with his hat-trick score. The power house finisher, now with 14 touchdowns to his name, left supporters agog but the credit was all his colleagues as first Mitchell then Spee sped the ball from end to end before Hunt delivered the final crushing below for Woodrow to convert. Final score: 53-03.

Bees now make second spot in National Division 2 well and truly their own and with Redruth dropping a point to Tynedale last weekend (with only a 15-5 win) the gap between the two sides fighting for what we now know is just one promotion place is down from 8 to 7pts.

With still some way to go, get behind your Bees team away to Waterloo on the 29th or back at Sharmans Cross Road for the 6th December, for what will be another tough test, against a fifth placed Tynedale.

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