EVESHAM are in buoyant mood heading into Sunday’s (11.15am) North Midlands Vase final against Cleobury Mortimer at Dudley Kingswinford RFC.
The Vale team, who were promoted as Midlands Four West (South) runners-up, will face a tough test against the Shropshire side but captain Nathan Chambers says his side are raring to go.
“We are looking sharp. The lads have enjoyed a couple of weeks off following a long season, so the squad is relatively injury-free and ready to go,” said Chambers.
“The final week of preparations has been taking place this week so anticipation is high. I think everyone just wants to get there and play now.
“Without focusing on any individuals, the squad of 22 is well balanced and prepared ahead of the final as we have spoken at length about our individual and team roles for the day.”
Evesham last played in the final of the North Midlands Cup in 2010, overcoming Yardley & District RFC to be crowned champions. Since then there are many new faces in the 1st XV looking to make their own mark in the history books.
Cleobury did indeed beat Evesham 27-3 at their Shropshire ground earlier in the season and the semi-final loss in the Midlands Junior Vase was a bitter pill to swallow.
The young Avonsiders have great respect for their opponents, but are fuelled by the knowledge they did not do themselves justice in the previous fixture.
Confidence is high and there are scores to be settled.
Chambers added: “The match on Sunday is expected to be immensely tough. It’s two teams in good form on the back of great seasons and it should be a great spectacle.
“We are not shying away from what we know will be a fierce contest, but are more than eager to get on the field.
“Support is set to be strong, with many of the local community expressing interest in watching the final. We would like to encourage people to make the effort to support the team as it will be a great boost come game day.”