Tenbury Rugby Club skipper Pete Stevens calls for favour from Midlands Four West (North) rivals Clee Hill (From Ludlow Advertiser)
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Tenbury Rugby Club skipper Pete Stevens calls for favour from Midlands Four West (North) rivals Clee Hill
TENBURY will be hoping for a favour from local rivals Clee Hill in their push for promotion from Midlands Four West (North).
The Hillmen, who are seventh, host table-topping Market Drayton in the league this Saturday.
Tenbury travel to bottom-of-the-table Telford Hornets, who have not won a match this season.
But there will be no love lost when Tenbury host the Hillmen on February 2.
Tenbury skipper Pete Stevens said: “We have a big month coming up – we’ve got Telford Hornets on Saturday and then Clee Hill at home.
“We should be travelling to Telford with a strong squad, although Richard Smith has a knee injury and could be out for two weeks.
“We hope to get a bonus-point win at Telford but you never know what to expect when you travel away in this league.
“Telford might be bottom of the league but I think it will be a very hard game.”
Hill have won five of their 12 league matches this term but crashed to a 47-7 defeat at high-flying Drayton in October.
Drayton are three points better off than Tenbury, who are third in the division.
Tenbury will be hot-favourites to overcome Telford Hornets after a stinging 60-12 victory earlier in the campaign. Stevens says his players have a chance to stake their claim for a place against Hill.
“Everyone will be playing their hearts out on Saturday, hoping to secure their selection for the derby that we can’t wait for.”
Cleobury Mortimer are seeking their first victory in four months and visit eighth-placed Burntwood in Midlands Three West (North) this Saturday.
Struggling Cleobury lost 19-5 at Burntwood in October.
Cleobury have won once in 13 league matches and are joint-bottom of the table with Yardley and District.
Their sole league victory so far has been an 11-5 home success over Eccleshall in September.