Otley 19 Pertemps Bees 22
With quaint stone houses, frost-licked hill tops and a pub called the Woolpack, it was as if Pertemps Bees had stepped into soap opera land.
But there was no fiction on offer at Cross Green because there was a harsh reality behind Bees' trip to rural Yorkshire.
The Solihull side were coming off the back of four straight league defeats, sitting second from bottom in National One, and had two key front-rowers out with injury.
So a trip to a fellow part-time side, also lingering around the wrong end of the table, seemed the perfect situation to turn around their form. And Bees stood up to the test, just.
The Midlanders dominated proceedings for 80 per cent of the match but Otley could have easily taken something from the game.
Bees director or rugby Phil Maynard was just relieved.
"It's been a long time coming but I have been very pleased with how hard the lads have worked over the last four weeks," he said. "Otley is a tough place to come and we could have easily lost."
Bees, though, had soon stamped their mark on the game. Nick Baxter, fresh from a midweek Barbarians appearance, stormed his way down the right flank to touch down on seven minutes.
Paul Knight had been handed the first-half kicking duties and started his day with a missed conversion. But the scrum-half made amends five minutes later with a straightforward penalty
Otley, making a rare venture into Bees' 22, pulled themselves back into the match on 22 minutes. Scrum half Andy Brown benefited from a driving maul and Simon Binns added the extras.
The away side continued to huff and puff but no further points arrived before the break.
That changed on 46 minutes when Tim Walsh charged down a Binns kick and raced through to lay off Adam Billig for a Bees try. Then, as Walsh sent over the conversion, a scuffle broke out in the centre and Otley's Justin Wring received his temporary marching orders.
Jim Jenner was next to be sent to the sin-bin but Bees were now in cruise control and an impressive team effort led to the next try.
A crossfield passing move, which involved nearly every yellowjerseyed player, saw Walsh run through unscathed for a converted score.
Buoyed on by the home crowd, Otley staged a brief fight back. Replacement David Scully touched down in the right hand corner, Binns converting on 64 minutes.
Binns played his part in the next move by chipping a kick down the line, one which centre Chris Hyndman latched on to for an unconverted effort.
Bees clung on to secure a much-needed victory but with a Powergen Trophy fixture on the horizon, Maynard is aware Otley will be looking to gain revenge. "We'll just be looking to do exactly the same," he replied.