Cleobury Mortimer Rugby Club captain Allan Shields ready for Bishops Castle derby (From Ludlow Advertiser)
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Cleobury Mortimer Rugby Club captain Allan Shields ready for Bishops Castle derby in Midlands Four West (North)
HIGH-flying Cleobury Mortimer will be striving to impress their vice-presidents in Saturday’s Midlands Four West (North) derby against Bishops Castle.
Unbeaten Cleobury are expected to be at full strength for the home clash against Pete Bevan’s side.
Cleobury had a walkover in the Midlands Junior Vase last weekend after Essington withdrew from the scheduled second-round tie.
Cleobury skipper Allan Shields said: “We had a call at 10.30am on Saturday to say Essington were struggling with a front-row but we had to wait for confirmation.
“We were at the ground and all ready to play when we had an email to say the opposition were not coming.
“It’s a hollow way to progress because we were looking forward to the game and we were hoping to keep the momentum going.
“We played Bishops Castle a few years ago and I think we lost to them. We don’t want to lose this weekend - we have a vice-presidents’ day at the club.”
Bevan has taken over the captain’s armband at Bishops Castle after a season-ending injury to Jack Holloway.
“Cleobury are going well but hopefully we will be able to hold our own,” said Bevan.
Matt Isley, Keith Cox, Jamie Owen and Ed Roberts scored tries for Bishops Castle 2nd in a 20-12 win at Shrewsbury 3rd last Saturday.
Meanwhile, Clee Hill, who are joint top, host Bromyard in another derby this Saturday and struggling Tenbury travel to Hereford to face Greyhound. Tenbury skipper Pete Stevens said: “This is Tenbury’s biggest game for a couple of seasons and it’s definitely my biggest game as captain.
“It’s a must-win game for us and I have not been thinking about anything else.
“I am determined to take the older heads like Will Morgan and I am confident we will destroy Greyhound in the forwards.”
Elsewhere, Ludlow host Wolverhampton at The Linney in Midlands Two West (North).