NEWLY crowned Gloucester Premier champions Newent cannot afford to take their foot off the gas with an away Senior Vase semi-final at Harrow beckoning on Saturday (3pm).
The side were promoted from Gloucester Premier last weekend after a hard-fought 17-5 win over closest rivals Bristol Saracens.
But there is no let-up for the club and the players have instantly got “back in the groove” to ensure they give themselves the best chance possible of securing a second successive Vase final at Tickenham.
Last year, Newent won the Junior Vase final at HQ, beating Basildon 58-29.
Club stalwart John Moore said: “We are on a high after last week.
“The boys are in a good mood and there is a bouyant mood at the club but we are not underestimating the task in hand.
“Harrow won London North West Three this year, they are a very good side and they have home advantage which will play a big part in a semi-final.
“It is going to be tough. We respect them but we have no fear. If all the lads turn up and bring their ‘A’ game it will be a very close, hard-fought encounter.
“The players are right back in the groove after last week. They have been really focused in training this week. If we don’t win on Saturday, winning last week won’t mean as much.
“Most of the players have been fortunate enough to experience Twickenham once before and they want to get there again. They will be going flat out.
“I can’t describe what it would mean to get to Twickenham again. Once was superb, twice – we can only dream about it.
“It is magnificent for a small town of about 4,000 people. It would be incredible.”
Newent will have a fully fit squad to select from and will take two bus loads of supporters to north west London in an attempt to negate Harrow’s home advantage.
Moore is grateful for the support they have received this season.
He said: “Our supporters have followed us around the country.
“They have been absolutely magnificent – like the 16th man. Sometimes our support has outnumbered the home team.”
If Newent reach the final at Twickenham, they will face Yarnbury or Stewarts and Lloyds on Sunday, May 4.