Rushden & Higham all ready for Vase test

Rushden & Higham player-coach Stuart Riding
Rushden & Higham player-coach Stuart Riding

The league programme takes a break this weekend and all the attention will be fixed on Rushden & Higham.

The Midlands Three East (South) side make the trip up the M1 to Nottingham to face West Bridgford in the Midlands quarter-finals of the Senior Vase and the tie promises to be a cracker.

Stuart Riding’s side are third in their division, level on points with the top two, and their opponenets are top of their division - Midlands Three East (North) - with a 100 per cent record.

And Riding thinks his side have everything to gain and nothing to lose.

He said: “Nothing is expected of us and there is not much pressure on us to win.

“It’s nice to have the chance to play someone different and take a break from the league, we want to win the game and play some decent rugby.

“The league is definitely our priority but we also want to have a good cup run.”

The contest sees the most prolific scorers in their respective divisions go head-to-head and Riding is anticipating an outstanding 80 minutes of competition.

He added: “Supporters could see this as the tie of the round between two good sides.

“I just want to see what they’re like when they’re tested.”