Simon Hunt is adamant he is happy to extend the season of goodwill into the new year as long as his Birmingham & Solihull side keep winning.
With 14 tries in as many games the Bees winger is currently three clear at the top of the National Two scoring charts despite not crossing the line since mid-November.
While the former England sevens winger would like to end that four-game barren run when, or perhaps given the weather if, Mounts Bay visit Sharmans Cross Road tomorrow, he maintains he doesn’t care who scores as long as Bees continue their pursuit of Redruth at the top of the table.
In fact the 27-year-old is even enjoying showing a different, more generous side to his game. “I have turned into Santa Claus – dishing out the presents rather than receiving them,” Hunt says.
“I’ve had a lot of ribbing, the boys have been telling me I’ve run dry, lost my gas or run out of steam, I’ve had them all.
“But it genuinely doesn’t bother me. I love scoring tries but – and I know it sounds like the correct thing to say – I really don’t think about it.
“I concentrate more on how I’m playing. In the past I have scored four or five tries in a match but had an absolutely shocking game and not been satisfied.
“I’d rather play well and score none or one because it’s my performances that are going to keep getting me selected not how many tries I score.
“Anyway the forwards have chipped in now. Ben Phillips and Chris Brightwell both got two at Stourbridge and that shows we can score from anywhere on the pitch. As long as one of us can do it, that’s all that matters.”
That victory at Stourbridge, five days before Christmas, was the last time Bees played. The festive break followed by the cancellation of last weekend’s showdown with Cambridge has left Hunt and his colleagues desperate to play.
Not even news of more financial trouble has dampened Hunt’s spirits. Bees turned to their membership earlier this week to request backing – both in terms of money and support for the planning application seeking to develop Sharmans Cross Road.
“We cannot think about it. [Head coach] Russell [Earnshaw] mentioned it on Wednesday but he was absolutely clear that if there is anything we wanted to know we could go and ask him,” said Hunt. “We have got to try and stay clear from it because it could be a huge distraction. What we can do is help massively if we keep winning, draw in the crowds and get promoted.
“If we go up as champions we automatically qualify for all sorts of funding and then all this won’t be an issue.” A victory at home to Mounts Bay tomorrow – and maybe even a present for Santa – would be another step on the way to achieving that.