Stewarts & Lloyds head coach Kev Manson believes his men are as ready as they can be for tomorrow’s RFU Midlands Senior Vase final.
The Corby club travel to Pershore in Worcestershire looking to collect some silverware - and move a step closer to a chance of playing at Twickenham.
And, although Manson admits his team will be in for a difficult afternoon against their Midlands Three West (South) opponents, he is sure his team have what it takes to return triumphant.
“We couldn’t have prepared any better,” he stated.
“We’ve had some good training sessions with 28 or 19 players coming along. Everyone wants to be a part of this.
“We have had them watched and we know they’re big upfront.
“They are at home and will certainly be up for it in front of a big crowd.
“We need to get on the front foot early on and silence those home fans.
“We know we are difficult to beat when we get in front so it is about starting well.
“We’ve done a few drills to prepare for them and we’re taking a strong squad with us with a few players coming back from injury at the right time.
“We have to be mindful it’s not going to be easy. It will be a tough day.
“But I firmly believe if the guys turn up and execute what they have doing we have got enough to beat them.”
Rather than getting his men fired up for the start it will be keeping them calm that may be Manson and his fellow coach John Robson’s biggest challenge.
“We will keep our warm-up fairly routine,” Manson explained.
“There will be a lot of anticipation and adrenaline around and we don’t want them to burn of all that energy before we get on the field.
“It is about having them perfect for the first moments of the game so we can take it to them.”
The club are taking two coachloads of supporters with them to Worcestershire and Manson is encouraging them, and his team, to make it a day to remember for S&L.
“This is a final and you want that winner’s trophy,” he added.
“It is chance for the lads to be a part of – and to make – club history.
“Everyone wants to be in the winning team – the team that will have its picture up on the wall in the club for years to come.”
Elsewhere, Wellingborough kept the pressure in the Midlands Two East (South) promotion race last weekend with a first-half demolition of Market Harborough.
A Luke Gardiner hat-trick inspired them as they raced to 27-0 up inside half an hour.
Tom Mair (2) and Ryan Mackie also touched down as they went on to win 39-17.
Rushden & Higham went down 57-6 at Olney.
Kettering’s excellent form continued with a fifth win in a row in Midlands One East.
Joe Daniel notched 20 points – including two tries – in their 25-10 success over Ilkeston. Joe Newman got the other score.
In Midlands Four, Oundle’s push was given a massive boost as they beat promotion rivals Bedford Swifts 27-13.
A bonus point was secured in the first half with tries coming from Ross Murray, Eddie King, James Sheridan (2) and Henry Lloyd.
Corby lost 68-0 to leaders Long Buckby.
RFU Midlands Senior Vase
Final: Pershore v Stewarts & Lloyds
RFU Clubs Championship
Midlands One East: Bugbrooke v Mansfield, Ilkeston v Huntingdon & District, Kettering v Derby.
Midlands Two East (South): Market Harborough v Leicester Forest, Northampton BBOB v Rushden & Higham, Oadby Wyggestonians v Wellingborough.
Midlands Three East (South): Brackley v Biggleswade, Northampton Casuals v St Ives (Midlands), Northampton Mens Own v Rugby St Andrews.
Midlands Four East (South): Bourne v Kempston, Oundle v Stamford College Old Boys.
Pictures are of Wellingborough’s victory over Market Harborough (by Alison Bagley) and from Corby’s loss to Long Buckby (courtesy of David Malcolmson).