New season underway, Bees 2nd team at home to Huddersfield YMCA 2s in perfect conditions.
The start of the morning Bees had a squad of nineteen players as the morning wore on this soon change and the team ended up fielding at the start of the game fourteen this included coach Mark Smith to help his team, looking at YMCA they definitely had the bigger players and squad, but nothing new for the Bees what the might lack in size they definitely make up for it in speed and heart.
At the start YMCA tested the Bees defense with so straight running down the middle but kept coughing up the ball in handling errors, giving the Bees plenty of the ball to do the damage with line breaks coming from all over the pitch opening YMCA up, it wasn't long before the first points went on the board from Rhys Holland first of three for the afternoon with a dink over YMCAs line by Dom Walker with a wicked bounce of the ball sent their winger the wrong way the ball popping up for Rhys to grab and over he went.
This was a big boost for the Bees as said playing with fourteen can be hard but this seemed to work for the Bees with the ball going through the hands and out to the winger to push YMCA you could see as the game going on the YMCA big pack tiring, even when the Bees went down to thirteen players with a yellow card Bees kept up their intensity and didn't let up on YMCA.
Captain Pete Booth was cutting up YMCAs defense nearly every time he had the ball in hand, with Byron Finn adding his power to the mix with his running and line breaks and big tackles.
the one down side for the Bees today was penalty count which gave YMCA to hit back with two try's of their own, but it was definitely the Bees day.
with a couple of late arrivals the Bees went back up to fifteen players but the Bees forwards having YMCA in the scrummaging with only seven show practice in training has paid dividends for the lads, with the backs having fun every time the had the ball Rhys Holland was having a party with the way he was hitting the line breaks and coming away with a hattrick, but not to be out done we had Alex Leadbeater on the score sheet, with Andy Smith lending his experience to the young team at No.2, we also had Dom Walker getting in on the act with a try and four conversions for the game, It was great to have Hafa pack in the team and first start getting a try.
But today was a team event for the Bees, everyone working for each other supporting each other, even Mark Smith the coach bleeding for the team when he had a clash of heads, but what a fantastic team effort by this young side and can only go from strength to strength as the season runs its course, looking at the league there so quality teams, so the boys are going to have to keep this momentum going to match a great season they had last year finishing 6th, so with displays like this no reason why they can't better that position this season.
Next week Bees are back on the road against Moortown.