08/05/14 by Paul Bolton
|Worcester Wanderers are looking forward to renewing their rivalry with Newport when they meet in the North Midlands Cup final at Dudley Kingswinford’s Heathbrook ground on Sunday May 11 (3pm).The sides have met regularly in pre-season friendlies in recent years but were denied the chance to play each other in National Three Midands this season when Worcester Wanderers were level-transferred into National Three South West.
Having spent most of the season making long trips to the south of the country the Wanderers will enjoy a rare encounter with another Midlands club.
“We have played Newport regularly in pre-season matches in recent years so we have a good relationship with them and we are looking forward to playing them in the county cup final,” said Stuart James, the Wanderers director of rugby.
“We enjoy playing in the North Midlands Cup. It’s the only cup competition that we play in because there is no National Cup for clubs at our level.
“It gets you away from the leagues and gives you the chance to play different clubs or to renew acquaintance with clubs that you have played before.
“We got to the county cup final last season and were beaten by a point by Bournville so we are hoping for a different outcome this time.
“But we are fortunate to have reached consecutive cup finals and we are looking forward to the the day.”
Wanderers have never won the North Midlands Cup but they did win the North Midlands Shield in 2003. Newport won the North Midlands Cup for the first time in 2011.
In the North Midlands Shield, Bridgnorth will be attempting to retain the trophy they won last season when they face Stourbridge Lions in the final at Dudley Kingswinford on May 11 (1pm).
Bridgnorth were narrowly beaten by Leek in the Midlands Intermediate Cup two months ago but have the chance to end their season with some silverware against the Lions, who won the Midlands Senior Vase last season.
There will be a new name on the North Midlands Vase as Woodrush meet Bredon Star in the final at Dudley Kingswinford on May 11 (also 1pm).
Woodrush have already won the Midlands Four West (South) title this season and have the chance to complete a trophy double in their first season under new head coach Jon Ford, the former Birmingham & Solihull centre.