22nd Sep, 2019

Shewell: Droitwich aiming to be in promotion mix come Christmas

Craig Gibbons 13th Oct, 2017

DROITWICH skipper James Shewell is aiming to be in the Midlands Two West (South) promotion mix come Christmas.

The Glyn Mitchell Memorial Ground side, who ended as ‘Invincible’ Midlands Three West (South) champions last term, have enjoyed the perfect start to life in the level above.

Droitwich have won all three of their opening fixtures and head to Berkswell & Balsall tomorrow (Saturday) in fine form following their 36-8 victory over Walsall in the RFU Midlands Intermediate Cup on Saturday.

“The target is to be near the top come Christmas so that when we hit January and February there is something to play for,” said Shewell.

“We do not want the season to peter out and end up fighting to avoid relegation or finish mid-table.

“There is a winning mentality at the club right now and a lot of sides do not want to play us right now.

“I am confident we have what it takes to be in the mix come the end of the year.”

Walsall started brightly last Saturday against Walsall and picked up an early three points but the Salt Boys eventually got into their stride with tries from Josh Lippett, Pete Knight, Charlie Yipp and Luke Penn, three of which were converted by the mercurial Bobby Scott-Walker.

The visitors hit back with an unconverted try after Aron Middleton received a yellow card to leave the score at 26-8 to Droitwich at half-time.

Middleton and Sean Walker then touched down after the interval as Droitwich ran out comfortable 36-8 winners.

“We defended superbly but had three sin-bins through ill-discipline which was disappointing,” said Shewell.

“That put us under a bit of unnecessary pressure but we were clinical up top and you are always going to win if you score six tries.”

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