18th Dec, 2017

Shewell: Droitwich have no margins for error against much-fancied Kenilworth

Craig Gibbons 23rd Nov, 2017

DROITWICH skipper James Shewell stressed there are no margins for error as the Midlands Two West (South) leaders entertain third-placed Kenilworth this weekend.

The Salt Boys will be looking to make it eight wins out of eight on Saturday when much-fancied Kenilworth make the trip to the Glyn Mitchell Memorial Ground.

And supporters could be witness a close game as both sides have the top two defensive records in the league at this early stage.

Droitwich have conceded 92 points while their opponents have shipped 95.

And with three points separating the two sides, Shewell told the Standard it would be good to create some breathing space.

“It’s a massive game but the pressure is more on Kenilworth than ourselves,” he said.

“We are happy to be in the mix come Christmas and even if we lost this weekend we are still in that mix.

“However, we want to stay unbeaten and hopefully that is the case come Saturday evening.

“Last year there were teams beating everyone but this year there seems to be a breakaway pack.

“There are no margins for error this year.”

Droitwich head into their league clash on the back of Saturday’s 34-10 victory over Crewe & Nantwich in the quarter-finals of the RFU Intermediate Cup.

Pete Knight (2), Nico Mason, Josh Lippett and Matt Handford got the tries while Bobby Scott-Walker kicked a drop goal and three conversions in the win over the Midlands Two West (North) side.

“It’s close enough for people to start talking about a return to Twickenham but there is a long way to go,” stressed Shewell.

“I was really pleased with the performance as we started with the right intensity and we just blew Crewe away.”

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