26th May, 2019

Shewell: Droitwich ready for level above after beating Malvern in North Midlands Shield

DROITWICH skipper James Shewell believes the club are ready for the division above after beating higher-ranked Malvern in the quarter-finals of North Midlands Shield.

The Midlands Three West (South) outfit proved they were more than capable of facing Midlands Two West (South) opposition as they put Malvern to the sword in a 41-19 victory at the Glyn Mitchell Memorial Ground on Saturday.

Victory ensured Droitwich are yet to lose a game in all competitions and club captain Shewell believes the weekend’s result proves they’re ready to play in the level above.

“We used the game as a yardstick for how we cope against a side in the division above and I think Malvern seemed a little scared because of our 100 per cent record,” he said.

“Our unbeaten run certainly intimidated them and the game was easier than we expected.

“We took an early lead and from then on they could not live with us.”

Droitwich return to league action on Saturday when they travel to Old Coventrians looking to make it 17 wins out of 17 and inch closer to securing promotion back to Midlands Two West (South).

But despite their impressive league form, Shewell is taking nothing for granted.

“Old Coventrians is one of the most intimidating places to visit because the fans are right on top of you,” he said.

“It’s going to be another tough test and more questions will be asked of us but we are confident we can get the win.

“We want to secure promotion as soon as possible and then we want to go up as champions as that has been the aim since day one.”


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