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Shewell: It will be a pleasure to lead Droitwich out at Twickenham

Craig Gibbons 20th Apr, 2017 Updated: 20th Apr, 2017

DROITWICH skipper James Shewell says it will be an honour to lead his side out at Twickenham next month after booking their place in the final of the RFU Senior Vase.

The Midlands Three West (South) champions entertained Lancashire (North) champions Tarleton at the Glyn Mitchell Memorial Ground on Saturday where they secured a 23-11 victory in front of a crowd close to 800.

Bobby Scott-Walker, Peter Knight and Charlie Wilkinson touched down for the hosts while Scott-Walker kicked two conversions and two penalties for Droitwich who lead 11-8 at the break.

Unbeaten Droitwich will now face London-based Farnham in the final on Saturday, May 6 (1pm KO) and skipper Shewell told the Standard regardless of the result, the 45-year-old club are already winners.

“The pressure is off now as we have reached Twickenham and all we can do now is focus on what will be a great day out,” he said.

“I don’t think the achievement has quite sunk in yet but the fans were incredible and you could feel the energy coming from them.

“We knew it was going to be tough but it’s the best we have defended this season and it’s nice to know our Twickenham dreams have come to fruition.

“It’s going to be a massive honour to lead out the club I have played for since I was five at Twickenham and we are looking forward to it.”

There will be not let up from Droitwich though as they look to end the league campaign unbeaten this weekend when they entertain relegation battlers Upton tomorrow (Saturday).

And with a trophy presentation to be conducted in front of the Droitwich faithful, Shewell says it will be a nice way to cap off what has been an incredible league campaign.

“We had the pleasure of lifting the Midlands Vase at Evesham but have not had the pleasure of lifting the league trophy,” he added.

“To go the season unbeaten and lift the trophy will be a nice way to say thank you to the fans.

“It’s been a pleasure captaining this team week in, week out because no matter what injuries we have had other players have stepped up and performed.”