12th Nov, 2018

Shewell: Droitwich under no pressure for Newbold clash

DROITWICH face arguably their biggest test of the season this weekend when they play host to unbeaten Newbold.

However, tight head prop James Shewell says the Monners are under no pressure against the Midlands One West leaders.

Warwickshire outfit Newbold have won all eight games of the campaign so far but Droitwich are high in spirits for Saturday’s clash having won three on the spin.

The Monners are also unbeaten in their last four, a run of form which has shot them up to tenth in the league standings.

After losing their first four games in their debut season at this level, Droitwich ended the rot with a 19-19 draw with Hereford.

They then followed that up with a 40-34 victory over Longton, a 59-29 success against Malvern before a 39-10 win at home to lowly Moseley Oak last Saturday.

Shewell said: “We know Newbold are going to be tough and it’s kind of a free game for us.

“There’s no pressure on us as they’re expecting to win so we’ll just go out there and do our best.

“I’ve heard Newbold are a very physical side so it might be the type of game which suits us.

“We’re a confidence team and once we are on a winning run we believe we can beat anyone.

“It’s taken a while for the lads to realise we’re good enough to compete at this level but we’re getting into our stride now.”

Sam O’Brien, James Horrocks, Aron Middleton, Nico Mason, Ruben Staite and Luke Penn Nico Mason bagged the tries in the win over Moseley while Bobby Scott-Walker kicked two conversions.

And Shewell believes the performances are getting better and better.

“It was a really good all round display,” he added.

“Our defence has improved and we were clinical in attack which is all you can ask for.

“We started the league with tough fixtures but we’re happy and comfortable now and long may it continue.”

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