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Bees travel down memory lane to Portway.

WHETHER it's a first, tentative step back to the future or a revisiting of a distant, quaint past is not clear but tomorrow Portway stages its first national league match for more than two decades.

A fixture clash with ground-share partners Solihull Moors has compelled Bees to move aside for one weekend only to face Blaydon on the most auspicious of occasions.

The North East outfit are a side that last weekend upset unbeaten Fylde's applecart but also one that enjoys its home comforts more than its away days.

There won't be too many comforts on offer this weekend at the former venue of Birmingham RFC, which combines minimalism and Greco-Roman style in its furnishings and decor.

However, to player-coach Russell Earnshaw it's home, not just spiritually but practically. "Portway is even more like home than anywhere else because we train there," the director of rugby said. "There is no other ground where I have both played and slept and I am hoping the bond our players feel to the place manifests itself during the game.

"We've got the Mini and Juniors based there and we've been going into schools coaching and handing out tickets so hopefully it'll be a good day."

And a third win of the season would be the ideal commemoration.


Bond: Russell Earnshaw.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Birmingham Mail (England)
Date:Oct 7, 2011
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