Pertemps Bees 57 Sedgley Park 19
The first four months of 2005 have been dismal for Pertemps Bees. For the last ten matches they have battled bravely but have watched their opponents walk away with the points.
But, like a coiled spring, the men from Sharmans Cross Road have been waiting to unleash their frustration on a National One outfit and unfortunately for Sedgley Park, it was them.
And as the sun shone down and the home side dominated their visitors, the thoughts of a ten-game losing streak were just a distant nightmare for Phil Maynard.
"We've been promising to perform like that for the last three or four weeks," said a much happier director of rugby. "Tim Walsh played well and Matt Long was outstanding."
With eight tries shared out throughout the Bees side, it was always going to be difficult to pick out just one performance.
But the trio of Mike Davies, Shaun Woof and Aaron Takarangi linked up well on a number of occasions, Nick Baxter boosted his try tally further with two scores and fly-half Walsh tucked away all but one of his eight conversions.
In fact the only missed effort was down to cocki-ness with the Australian opting to kick the last conversion out of his hands rather than off the floor.
It was a far cry from the trip to Manchester in December when Jon Feeley and Blair Feeney terrorised Bees. This time round Feeley was non-existent and Feeney was only managed to kick two conversions.
The No 10 got the scoreboards rolling with a third minute penalty before Woof went under the posts on 11 minutes.
Sedgley briefly shrunk the deficit with an unconverted Ian Voorthan try but Bees were back in business when Davies slipped under the posts on 20 minutes.
Bees went into the interval with a 19 point cushion after Nathan Carter touched down.
With that 150-try target in his sites, it was time for Nick Baxter to show what he's capable of in the second half.
On 42 minutes the winger latched onto a pass but just as it looked as though the ball would slip from his grasp, he regained his grip and trotted over the line.
Baxter's second try was courtesy of an horrific mix-up between two Sedgley players. Tim Fourie and Daniel McGee ran in to each other on 54 minutes leaving Baxter to nip in and charge 50 yards to the try-line.
Paul Knight collected an award before the game for 100 performances and the scrum half managed to collect a try for himself as well on the hour mark.
The home side relaxed slightly allowing Jon Skurr and number eight Fourie to go over.
But it was always going to be the Solihull outfit's day and just before the final whistle, Takarangi went over before replacement full-back Dave Knight put his name on the score sheet with an unconverted score.