21st Jul, 2019

Skinner: Droitwich did not disgrace themselves in defeat to Newbold

STAND-IN skipper Josh Skinner says Droitwich did not disgrace themselves in the 54-7 home defeat to league leaders Newbold.

With regular captain Sam O’Brien sidelined with a neck injury, Skinner has taken over as skipper for the foreseeable future and was impressed with how his side stood up against the unbeaten Midlands One West leaders at the Glyn Mitchell Memorial Ground last Saturday.

After an impressive opening 15 minutes, the Monners failed to capitalise on a number of chances which allowed Newbold to take a 21-0 lead into the break.

Droitwich scored a well deserved try midway through the second half, with Keith Adams bundling over and Bobby Scott-Walker kicking the extras.

However, Newbold then turned on the style in the remaining minutes to secure a comfortable victory.

Skinner told the Standard: “We started really brightly but squandered a few chances through turnovers and dropping the ball.

“We were quite annoyed at missing those chances and as a result Newbold scored some soft tries.

“Our target was to try and go for the bonus point after half-time but we couldn’t quite get it.

“However, we did not disgrace ourselves against a very strong Newbold outfit.

“We are still tenth in the table and if anyone had offered us that before the start of the season we would have snapped their hands off.”

Droitwich are now out of action until Saturday, November 17 when they make the trip to Old Halesonians and Skinner believes the Monners will be able to field their strongest squad of the season with a number of key players returning to the team.

“There will certainly be a few selection headaches going into that game,” he added.

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