Tenbury Rugby Club captain Pete Stevens says break from action will help squad (From Ludlow Advertiser)
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Tenbury Rugby Club captain Pete Stevens says break from action will help squad in Midlands Four West (North)
SKIPPER Pete Stevens says a break from league action should give his Tenbury players time to recover from injuries.
Matt Ord is likely to miss the remainder of the season after suffering a finger injury but kicker Alex Brazier (shoulder) and Ian Bowkett (hand) are fighting to regain fitness.
Tenbury are second in Midlands Four West (North) and their next league match is at Barton-under-Needwood on December 15.
Their scheduled North Midlands Vase trip to Ross was postponed last Saturday because the Herefordshire side were involved in a re-arranged league fixture.
“Hopefully, we will have a friendly this Saturday but the break has come at a good time because a few of the boys are recovering from injuries,” said Stevens.
“Bowkett broke his hand a few weeks ago. During the game he told me it was hurting but I told him that he would be fine.
“But he texted me on the Monday to say he’d broken it.
He’s as hard as nails.”
Stevens was on holiday in Fuerteventura and missed Tenbury’s superb win over table-topping Market Drayton in their last outing.
“That was a great win and we will have a couple of people back for our next league game,”
“We should travel to Barton with a very strong squad.”
Tenbury will then play local rivals Bishop’s Castle in a league game three days before Christmas and Stevens expects a tough test.
“I played at Bishop’s Castle a couple of weeks ago in a memorial match and they’re starting to put some good results together.
They’ve picked up and we’re going to have a hard match.”
Meanwhile, Stevens said Tenbury will be playing their annual friendly against Ludlow at Palmer’s Meadow on Saturday, December 29, with a 2.15pm kick-off.
He hopes Tom Rawlings will skipper Ludlow’s team.
“It’s going to be an ‘A’ team game, although both us and Ludlow will be very keen to win it,” said Stevens.