8th Dec, 2019

Shewell: Droitwich will focus on themselves and not the performances of rivals

Craig Gibbons 21st Oct, 2017

CAPTAIN James Shewell stressed Droitwich will focus on themselves rather than look at what their closest Midlands Two West (South) rivals are doing at this early stage of the campaign.

The Salt Boys sit second in the table after four games following their 26-15 victory at Berkswell & Balsall on Saturday.

Matt Handford, Bobby Scott-Walker and Josh Lippett got the tries while Scott-Walker kicked three conversions in the win as Droitwich maintained their 100 per cent winning record.

The Glyn Mitchell Memorial Ground side sit one point behind league leaders Malvern ahead of today’s (Saturday) home clash against Warwickshire side Southam.

But Shewell told the Standard he is not focused on how Rob Cook’s Malvern are doing.

“I expect Malvern to be up there come the end of the season as they have a big budget and a former Premiership rugby player (Cook) on their books,” he said.

“But I think they seem to be wary of us because they keep mentioning us in their match reports.

“We will not let that affect us as we will carry on as normal and concentrate on ourselves.

“That’s what worked for us last year and the effort from the lads in both training and in games has been superb.

“We do not know much about Southam but we will play our own style of rugby and I am confident we can keep our winning streak going.”

Meanwhile, the Seconds maintained top spot in Midlands Reserve League Division Three with an emphatic 43-0 victory over Dudley Wasps.

Nico Mason (3), Tim Cave, Matt Wilkinson, Ollie Wilkinson and Tom Richards bagged tries while George Priddey kicked four conversions.

Skipper Craig Browne said: “As we thought Dudley came out strong up front but our pack seemed to dominate the set piece instantly from the first scrum and line-out.

“Set pieces are a big part of our game and they were very well executed.

“The lads managed to keep their composure with some last minute adjustments to the squad and it’s great to see the depth and the ability we have at Droitwich this year.

“It was a really positive game, but the lads must keep the penalty count down.

“Poor discipline could be what costs us the win in other games.”

The Seconds are out of action league action today so they have arranged a friendly at Malvern Seconds.

 

 

 

 

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