Birmingham & Solihull Bees vs Cinderford

September 10, 2011
Score: 29 - 17

Match Report

Cinderford were left to reflect on a hugely disappointing performance at Birmingham & Solihull’s Damson Park ground, which leaves them still searching for their first National League One victory of the season.

Despite defeats in their previous two league encounters against Coventry and Fylde there were plenty of positives to come out of those games, and hopes were high that they could build on these to gain an opening win.

However the coaching team were left to reflect on an indisciplined and lethargic display which saw them out-scrummaged for the first time this season and their game management skills sadly lacking throughout.

Bees outside-half Dan Hawkes was on target with an early drop-goal and he made it 6-0 when Cinderford conceded a penalty in front of their own posts for standing up in the scrum.

The visitors then produced a perfectly executed move in the backs to allow winger Nevaro Codlin to race over under the posts for a try which Rory Teague converted.

A silly mistake by Cinderford then gifted possession to the Bees, when a player strayed ahead of the kicker at a drop out, resulting in a scrum on the Cinderford 22yard line. This led immediately to the Bees scoring with Jon Lowden touching down and Hawkes adding the extras to make it 13-7 after 20 minutes play.

More indiscipline from Cinderford allowed Hawkes to extend the lead for Bees with his second penalty on the half-hour.

The Forest team finished the first-half on the attack and Teague was on target with a penalty to make the half-time score 16-10.

The second-half saw Cinderford again struggling to get any sort of impetus into their game and Hawkes landed a third penalty. With another penalty attempt the wind held up the ball, catching the Cinderford defence by surprise. In the confusion the bouncing ball was gathered by home second-row Tom Quarrie who charged over for a try, which Hawkes converted.

Cinderford briefly responded when one of their few players to emerge with any credit Codlin went over for his second try, with Teague adding the conversion.

Bees ended the match strongly though, and Hawkes put over another penalty to complete their victory, after No8 George Evans was yellow- carded for offside at a ruck.