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Mitch's men turn DK fans for Ionians visit
11:00am Friday 15th March 2013 in Stourbridge RFC
DUDLEY Kingswinford can expect some surprising faces roaring them on this Saturday — Neil Mitchell and the Stourbridge RFC squad.
Director of rugby Mitchell, pictured, and the rest of the Stourbridge squad are poised to spend their free weekend by making the short journey down to Heathbrook, where neighbours DK take on Hull Ionians, the Saxons’ nearest challengers for the National Two North title.
A Hull win would cut Stour’s lead at the top to six points and Mitchell is hoping DK repeat their January heroics when they stunned high-flying Darlington Mowden Park but admits there may be a few double takes among the home support.
He said: “Will I be cheering on DK? Too right I will, I may be the loudest voice.
“I think the whole team is pretty much going down to watch along with most people associated with the first XV.
“If Hull win it brings them close to us with just six games to go and regardless of how well we are playing that is not a big gap.
“We still have to play them and it’s also a great chance to see what they do and how they do it.”
The Saxons did not train on Tuesday after making it back-to-back wins with a 41-3 demolition of Leicester Lions at Stourton Park last Saturday.
Jamie Hearn scored two of the home side’s six tries as superb defending and swift attacking play proved too much for the visitors.
Mitchell believes his side are now back to their best following the blip which saw them lose two out of four and give Ionians a sniff of the title.
He said: “Saturday was our most clinical peformance to date this season.
“We had a bit more of the ball and used it better than we did against Hull the week before.
“It took us a bit of time to get over losing to Bromsgrove and we ended up having more than a bit of a blip.
“If anything we are getting stronger in terms of players coming back.”