Pertemps Bees are expecting the biggest crowd in the club’s history tomorrow when National One champions elect Northampton Saints visit Sharmans Cross Road.
The Solihull outfit, bottom of the league and scrapping for their First Division lives, have little prospect of beating a star studded side that has dropped just five points all season but there will be generous compensation for the near-certain defeat.
Club officials expect a gate of around 3,500 to attend the 2pm kick-off and that could net Bees around £40,000 at a time when every penny is crucial.
That would comfortably exceed their previous best, the 2,475 who watched Bees lose to Harlequins on the first day of the 2005-06 season and though most of them will be visiting supporters the club hope the host team will be inspired to grab at least a try bonus.
Cross city rivals Moseley certainly were when Northampton arrived at Billesley Common shortly after Christmas and cheered on by a vociferous crowd they came close to pulling off a major shock before going down 27-18.
Bees need to try and take something from the match if they are to bridge the ten-point gap between them and safety.