18th Jan, 2019

Let's savour the Twickenham moment, urges Droitwich skipper Shewell

CAPTAIN James Shewell has urged Droitwich to savour the moment at Twickenham where they will take on Farnham in the final of the RFU Senior Vase this weekend.

The Midlands Three West (South) champions will grace the turf at the home of rugby on Saturday in a once lifetime opportunity after booking their place in the final following a 23-11 over Lancashire (North) champions Tarleton at the Glyn Mitchell Memorial Ground.

Droitwich have not lost a game all season in all competitions and come against London side Farnham who won the London Three West South title by winning 21 of their 22r league fixtures.

And after a two week break from action Shewell told the Standard the excitement is building around the camp.

“We were in training on Tuesday and I thought there would be a few nervous heads but everybody is feeling the excitement right now,” he said.

“The last two weeks have felt like ages because all the lads have been messaging me in the WhatsApp group chat to try and kill some time.

“We are relaxed too though because from a playing point of view we have been at it all year so we know we have the ability to win the cup.

“There has been some work on tidying up the tactics to make sure we are fully prepared before we go to Twickenham.”

Droitwich are travelling down to the Marriott Hotel, which is next to Twickenham Stadium, on Friday afternoon before having a tour of the facilities.

Seven coachloads of fans are to leave from the Glyn Mitchell Memorial Ground tomorrow while players from Droitwich Spa Football Club are also going to Twickenham to offer their support along with residents from the town.

Farnham will prove to be a tough ask and their warm-up has included a visit by former England hero Jonny Wilkinson who also played for the club’s mini and junior sections.

However, regardless of the result this weekend Shewell hopes the players, management and fans make the most of the day out.

“It’s the big stage and we just need to go out there and savour the moment and enjoy it,” he added.

“Even if we lost it would not stop the celebrations as getting the chance to play at Twickenham may not come round ever again.

“But we don’t want to lose our unbeaten record because it could be a long summer with that on our minds.

“Farnham go into as favourites but if we go out there and don’t let ourselves down, we have a great chance of lifting the trophy.”

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