12th Dec, 2018

Shewell: Ledbury will provide tough test for Droitwich

Craig Gibbons 23rd Feb, 2018

SKIPPER James Shewell says Droitwich will not take Ledbury lightly this weekend, despite being overwhelmingly fancied to secure a place in the final of the North Midlands Shield Plate.

The Midlands Two West (South) leaders travel to the Herefordshire side who currently sit fifth in the Midlands Three West (South) table.

But Shewell is under no illusions that tomorrow’s (Saturday) match is going to be an easy affair.

“What we have noticed this season is that there is not much difference in the standard of rugby at our level and the level below,” he said.

“I reckon if Ledbury were put into our league they would do very well.

“The Plate is not the most fashionable of trophies but it is a trophy nevertheless and we will do our best to win it.

“We are the highest-ranked side left in it but that does not mean we are in for an easy match.”

Ledbury know the challenge which lies ahead of them as they come up against a Droitwich side which picked up their 38th consecutive league win on Saturday, edging past Earlsdon 26-20 to inch closer towards successive promotions.

Brad Cook (2), Ruben Staite and Pete Knight bagged the tries while Bobby Scott-Walker kicked three conversions as Earlsdon suffered just their second home defeat of the campaign.

“It was the toughest game of the season so far,” said Shewell.

“We seemed to be struggling for possession but we were more clinical and took our chances when they came.

“They struggled to break us down as we have a wall of very good defenders.

“Sometimes we enjoy defending more than fans probably want us to but we take great pride in it.”

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