24th May, 2018

Shewell looking for Droitwich to start quickly at Southam

SKIPPER James Shewell has urged Droitwich to start their match at Southam at a blistering pace this weekend as they look to get their Midlands Two West (South) campaign back on track.

The Salt Boys head into Saturday’s clash at the third-from-bottom Warwickshire side on the back a two-week break after last Saturday’s home match against Berkswell & Balsall was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

That fixture has been rescheduled for next Saturday.

Defending a 35-game unbeaten league run, the Glyn Mitchell Memorial Ground side have been told they must start brightly at Southam to avoid defeat.

“We were quite frustrated to have had the match postponed because you want to keep the momentum going,” said Shewell.

“But we will try and take the positives from the postponement because it allowed some players to rest and meant we could put in an extra training session instead.

“What is important now is that we just get back into the swing of things as soon as possible.

“We will go over there and enjoy ourselves but we still have a job to do so we need to be focused and start well.

“I want to see us win the match effectively and efficiently and hopefully we can secure a bonus try point too.”

Droitwich won the previous encounter 29-10 back in October at the Glyn Mitchell Memorial Ground.

Phil Anderson-Shore, Michael Craigie, Russel Brown, Aron Middleton and Matthew Handford bagged the tries on that day with Bobby Scott-Walker kicking two conversions.

Although the victory was comfortable in the end, Shewell remembered just how tough of a nut Southam were to crack down.

“It seem like such a long time ago when we last played them but it was a hard day for us trying to get behind their defence,” he said.

“But once we opened them up I think the result was never in doubt.

“Going away from home is never easy because all the defences at this level are pretty strong.

“We will just stick to our game plan and not let them get into our faces.”

Meanwhile, Droitwich Seconds entertain Midlands Five West (North) side Chaddesley Corbett on Saturday in a mid-season friendly on the back of last weekend’s 22-17 victory at Evesham Seconds which cemented top spot in Midlands Reserve League Division Three.

Seconds captain Craig Browne said: “Evesham were one of the few teams who beat us last year so all of the lads wanted to prove how far the squad has come.

“It was a great competitive fixture taken right up to the final whistle when we scored for the win.

“All of the boys wanted to win and you could see that with the performance – a full 80 minutes of solid rugby.”

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