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North Midlands taking nothing for granted

16 May 2012

  • Protherough eyes win in Cornwall
  • Vipers to host Leicestershire semi final
Action from Leicestershire against Buckinghamshire

Photo: Ian Palfreyman

North Midlands are taking nothing for granted as they prepare for their final County Championship Bill Beaumont Cup Division One South match against Cornwall at Camborne on Saturday, May 19.

North Midlands took a lengthy stride towards securing top flight status for another season by beating Gloucestershire at Stourbridge last Saturday.

But North Midlands assistant coach Dan Protherough believes that Gloucestershire could cause an upset by beating group leaders Hertfordshire, who scraped a win over Cornwall last Saturday, which would mean North Midlands would have take at least at point at Camborne to stay up.

"Looking at the result from Hertfordshire v Cornwall it’s certainly not a gimme that Hertfordshire will beat Gloucestershire so we have still got to go to Cornwall and try to get a win out of the game," Protherough said.

"That’s the attitude that we have got to go there with. With Hertfordshire a lot will depend on whether they have their Saracens players available."

Action from East Midlands' victory over Leicestershire in the County Championship

Photo: Ian Palfreyman

North Midlands are expected to travel to Cornwall with a much-changed side with Midlands Under 20s full-back Caolan Ryan, their goalkicker, among those who are unavailable this weekend.

Head coach Scott Bemand, the former Harlequins, Leicester Tigers and Bath scrum half, will be back on county duty with North Midlands this week after work commitments at Loughborough University, where he is skills and attack coach, prevented him from attending the Gloucestershire match.

In the County Championship Shield, Leicestershire are the only Midlands county remaining in the competition are they are just one match from Twickenham after three emphatic wins in Pool Two.

Leicestershire’s reward is a home semi-final against Dorset & Wiltshire which will be played at Vipers RFC on May 19 (3pm).