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Shewell: There will be no let up from Droitwich despite cup success

Craig Gibbons 22nd Mar, 2017 Updated: 22nd Mar, 2017

DROITWICH skipper James Shewell insists there will be no let up despite winning the RFU Midlands Senior Vase final at the weekend.

The unbeaten Midlands Three West (South) champions travelled to fellow league rivals Evesham on Saturday where they booked their place in the national semi-finals with a 24-7 victory.

Droitwich, who have only been in existence for 45 years, now have a home tie on Saturday, April 15 against Lancashire (North) outfit Tarleton who have also won all 18 of their league fixtures.

The winner of the tie then gets the chance to grace the turf at Twickenham.

But before then, Shewell and the rest of his team-mates will be hoping to make it 19 league wins on the bounce when they travel to Old Wheatleyans this Saturday.

“We had a little celebration meal after the game but we wanted to draw a line under our victory and reset our focus on the league,” said Shewell.

“We appreciate we have had some success and that we are a good team but we want to become a great team.

“To have come this far we do not want to lose our unbeaten record – we want the perfect season.”

Evesham fought ferociously to deny Droitwich victory on Saturday but were eventually worn down by forward pressure.

Two tries from driving mauls in the second half eventually broke Evesham’s resistance and started the celebrations for Droitwich’s players and supporters.

Fly-half Bobby Scott-Walker contributed 14 of Droitwich’s points which included their third try, three conversions and the opening penalty.

Matt Hanrahan and Aron Middleton also touched over for the visitors.

“Evesham showed a great resilience but we raised our levels and came through on top,” Shewell added.

“We are a little bit nervous for the semi-final as we know nothing about them [Tarleton] but having home advantage helps us massively.

“Droitwich are a relatively young club and it’s nice to know other teams are starting to notice us rather than us being in their shadow.

“Experiences to play at Twickenham are what every rugby player dreams of so we want the fans to come out in force for the semi and create a great atmosphere.”

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