DIRECTOR of rugby Adam Drew says Droitwich are looking forward to their first ever taste of Midlands One West rugby – but stressed the Monners aren’t there to make up the numbers.
The Glyn Mitchell Memorial Ground side have gained back-to-back promotions to secure a place at level six of the rugby union pyramid and over the course of the last two seasons they have lost just one league game.
Combined with two Twickenham appearances, Droitwich have certainly had an impeccable seasons but the hard work begins on Saturday when they make the trip to Shropshire side Whitchurch.
“If we can get a win on Saturday it will take some of the pressure off us,” said Drew.
“The lads are really excited for the new season and we’ve got nothing to fear.
“It’s going to be a tough challenge but our target is to make sure we don’t get relegated as we are not here just to make up the numbers.
“It’s a huge step up for us but it’s something we are relishing.”
Droitwich’s first home game of the season comes next Friday when local rivals Bromsgrove come to town.
And Drew believes Bromsgrove, who finished third last term, will be one of the contenders for the title this time around.
“They are certainly one of the strongest teams in this division but we’ve got nothing to fear and we will play our own game,” he added.
“Bromsgrove are a very good team with a very good coach in Dan Protherough.
“We probably don’t have the same physicality in the side as Bromsgrove do but anything can happen in rugby until that final whistle blows.”