DROITWICH skipper James Shewell insists losing a 40-game unbeaten league running spanning over two years will not derail the club’s Midlands Two West (South) title hopes.
The Monners were comprehensively beaten 42-17 by Malvern on Saturday and the Glyn Mitchell Memorial Ground side now need two bonus-point wins from their remaining three games to secure promotion to Midlands One West.
Sam O’Brien and Joey Roberts got a try each with a penalty try completing Droitwich’s scoring.
Droitwich now entertain fourth-from-bottom Nuneaton Old Edwardians on Saturday and Shewell is looking for an immediate reaction.
“We can have no excuses for Saturday because quite simply Malvern were the better team,” he said.
“They had a record crowd and treated the game as a ‘cup final’ and ran out deserved winners.
“We knew our unbeaten league run was going to end eventually and Malvern was just one game too far but we won’t let it derail our season.
“In a way it is a relief to see the unbeaten run end as everyone talks about it so it might be a monkey off our backs.
“It’s always good to get back playing at home after a defeat but we cannot take Nuneaton lightly as they’re scrapping for their lives.”