Old Halesonians 0 - 100 Birmingham and Solihull  

HALES torrid run of results continued as they felt the full force of top of the table Birmingham and Solihull's attacking prowess.

Having leaked 109 points to promotion chasing side Sandbach and a further 90 against second placed Peterborough Lions in their two previous fixtures, the visit of leaders Bees to windswept Wassell Grove was always going to present a formidable challenge.

Hales didn't help themselves when they had winger Steve Jordan red carded in the 14th minute for a dangerous tackle leaving them to face the title favourites with 14 men.

By that stage, Hales were already 12-0 down after conceding a couple of tries scored by left wing Tavanda Chipadza and hooker Zane Raimondi.

But despite their numerical disadvantage, Hales fought tooth and nail for the remainder of the half and restricted Bees to a lead of 31-0 at the break.

Raimandi went over for his second try before No.8 Danny Wright secured the fourth and bonus point try, while inside centre Nathan Tilsley took the try tally to five.

The real damage was done at the start of second half exchanges as Bees ran in six tries within the space of 18 minutes.

From that point, it was just a case of how many Bees would win by as they started to run in tries at will.

Bees have an extremely impressive back line of players that will prove a force at a higher level next season.

With an overlap situation always an option, Bees exposed Hales ruthlessly.

Bees ran in a total of 16 tries, Raimondi completing his hat-trick, Chipadza grabbed another while there were a couple of touchdowns for second row Matt Spink.

Flanker Mike Stephens, fly half Alex Rodman, full back J T Nabetelevo, centre Steve Johns together with replacements Kurtis Payne and Jack Secher all added their names to the scoresheet.

Fly-half Jack Jolly and then Rodman kicked the remaining points, Rodman's conversion of Payne's last gasp try bringing up the 100 mark.

Hales may have lacked points but there was certainly no shortage of spirit - a point not lost on Bees large travelling band of supporters who waited to applaud them all off the pitch.