Shropshire won the Iskitz Three Counties Championship for the third successive season for the first time in their history with a 24-13 win over Worcestershire & Herefordshire in today’s final at Old Halesonians.
The win completed a successful season for rugby in Shropshire with four county clubs – Newport, Bridgnorth, Cleobury Mortimer and Church Stretton winning league titles – and Bridgnorth also reaching the RFU Intermediate Cup final.
“We spoke about trying to win this for a third season to complete what has been a great season for Shropshire rugby,” said Shropshire coach Steve Dolphin.
“To finish top of the three North Midlands counties again has capped things off well and is a credit to the hard work that has been put in across the county.
“We’ve picked the side from a range of clubs spread from level five to level nine so it really has been a county-wide effort.”
Shropshire went through the season unbeaten having already defeated Greater Birmingham and Worcestershire & Herefordshire in their group matches.
They were made to work hard in the final and were only four points up at half time after Newport centre Liam Holder converted his own try and then added a penalty with Malvern’s Ben King kicking two penalties for the Two Counties.
Cleobury Mortimer flanker Tom Leach was driven over for Shropshire’s second try eight minutes into the second half and Holder again added the conversion.
A third try from skipper Paul Hulland (Cleobury Mortimer) which Holder also improved, stretched Shropshire’s lead to 24-6 before Worcestershire & Herefordshire’s persistence was rewarded when scrum-half Richard Thomas (Woodrush) went over for a try that King improved.