Let's give crowd something to cheer about, says Tenbury skipper Pete Stevens

First published in Sport

Bromyard 13 pts Tenbury 21 pts

PETE Stevens wants his Tenbury players to give the Palmer’s Meadow crowd something to cheer about this Saturday – in possibly his final game at the helm.

Tenbury’s skipper Stevens admits he probably needs a break after leading the side for the past two seasons – but he says nothing has been decided.

Tenbury have won their last six matches to climb to mid-table safety and round off their campaign at home to third-placed Cannock this weekend.

Stevens’ men could also do a big favour for neighbouring Clee Hill who are battling with Cannock for the second promotion spot in Midlands Four West (North).

“We really want to give the supporters a big send-off this weekend,” said Stevens.

“We were looking to be facing relegation until the turn of the year and the arrival of new players gave us a lift.

“It would like to think we can keep the new players because we have built a good team spirit and have some huge local games to look forward to next season.”

Sam Thomas and Callum Spires scored tries and Will Gough was on top form with the boot as Tenbury shot down local rivals Bromyard 21-13 in last Saturday’s derby.

““Bromyard have improved a lot since we last played them – they were very well organised and very well structured and it was clear they are being well coached,” said Stevens.

“Chuck Parry did well and Will Morgan both had an excellent match.

“Will Morgan may step up for the odd first-team game next season but he says he wants to play more in the seconds next term.

“Rob Yeomans was very powerful at tighthead prop and showed the outstanding qualities that he’s got. Ben King’s kicking game was first-class and kept Bromyard pinned back.”

Bromyard went 5-0 ahead with a try before Gough’s penalty reduced arrears.

Gough struck again to put Tenbury 6-5 in front but Bromyard replied with a penalty.

Tenbury were reduced to 14 men when Ian Bowkett was sent to the sin-bin and the hosts took full advantage, notching a try to storm in a 13-6 advantage.

But Tenbury hit back and Gough’s third penalty of the half cut the deficit to 13-9 at the break.

Good work by Dan Rawlings set up Spires to score and the conversion was added as Tenbury opened up a 16-13 lead.

Tenbury spun the ball wide and Thomas crossed out wide for a superb try to round off the scoring.

Tenbury also fielded a second team at Bromyard, putting up a good fight before losing 17-7.

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