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Shewell: Droitwich have done the 'unthinkable' by ending league season with 100% win record

Craig Gibbons 27th Apr, 2017

SKIPPER James Shewell believes Droitwich have achieved the ‘unthinkable’ as they ended the Midlands Three West (South) campaign with a 100 per cent winning record.

Adam Drew’s men made it 22 wins out of 22 on Saturday with an emphatic 85-7 victory over local rivals Upton-upon-Severn on Saturday.

Dan Wilkinson lead the way with a hat-trick of tries while Matthew Handford (2), Phil Horton (2), Tom Saddington (2), Stephen Poke, Nico Mason and Mark Strutt also touched down.

Bobby Scott-Walker and Maginnis also kicked a hat-trick of conversions with the former also scoring a penalty.

“It was probably our most complete performance of the season,” Shewell said.

“With Twickenham around the corner I thought the concentration levels might not be there but the lads came through comfortably.

“If there was one word to describe what we have achieved this season I think it would be unthinkable.

“We thought we would do well this season, maybe top three or four, but to have gone unbeaten is just remarkable as I thought it would never happen again.

“I am incredibly proud of the lads and they should be proud of themselves for what has been done this year.”

This is not the first time Droitwich have gone a whole league campaign with a 100 per cent winning record.

Ten years ago, under the leadership of Dan Protherough who is now director of rugby at near-neighbours Bromsgrove, Droitwich won all their Midlands Four West (South) fixtures.

And Protherough had nothing but praise for his former side who take on London side Farnham in the RFU Senior Vase at Twickenham on Saturday, May 4 (1pm KO).

“Droitwich are a fantastic club and it’s great to see what they have achieved this season,” he said.

“I will be wishing them all the best at Twickenham because it would be a great achievement to win a national final.

“I am sure they will be wanting to win now that they have got there and I’m hoping to go down as a supporter.”

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