Fewtrell and Grove return for season finale

Jacob Fewtrell and Alex Grove return from injury for Bournville’s National Two West finale against Hinckley at Avery Fields on Saturday (3pm).

Fly-half Fewtrell missed the defeat at Clifton last month and the victory over Chester three weeks ago because of a torn hamstring but he returned as a replacement at Hornets two weeks ago.

Fewtrell starts this week in a swap with Rhys Williams as Bournville attempt to end the season with a tenth win and ninth at home.

Grove, the evergreen former Scotland international, sustained two cracked ribs against Chester which forced him to miss the Hornets victory but he has regained fitness and will renew his centre pairing with Sam Grimshaw.

The other change is in the pack where Nick Murphy is unavailable so Ben Meakin switches from the back-row to form a new pairing at lock with Matt Spence and Ben O’Sullivan recalled at blindside flanker.

Louis Mifsud is again rested ahead of his likely international debut for Malta against Cyprus next week.

On the bench, hooker Jake Bailey is in line to make his first appearance in more than six months having recovered from a broken hand.

Saturday’s game will mark the 100th first team appearance of hooker and Club Captain James Weaver who will join the exclusive club of centurions.

Loosehead prop James Burgoyne made 100th appearance earlier in the season and he and Weaver will be recognised with a special presentation at Saturday’s match.

A win on Saturday would be the perfect way for Burgoyne and Weaver to celebrate but, whatever the result on Saturday, this season is already Bournville’s most successful in the National Leagues with more wins and more bonus points – 21 to date – than ever before.

Another win would give Bourns the chance to climb the table with Hornets and Chester, the sides immediately above them, facing trips to Loughborough Students and Exeter University respectively.

But Bournville’s record against Hinckley includes just two victories, both of them in National Three Midlands, at Leicester Road in October 2013 and at Birmingham University 12 months earlier.

In the opening match of this season Hinckley ran out 45-28 winners at Leicester Road but they arrive at Avery Fields having lost six of their last seven matches.

Bournville | 15 Owen Williams; 14 Alex Evans, 13 Alex Grove, 12 Sam Grimshaw, 11 Nathan Decalmer; 10 Jacob Fewtrell, 9 Jay West; 1 James Burgoyne, 2 James Weaver, 3 Stef Thorp, 4 Matt Spence, 5 Ben Meakin, 6 Ben O’Sullivan, 7 Chris Idehen (C), 8 Jonjo Fanning.

Replacements | 16 Ollie Stone, 17 Clarkson McLeod, 18 Jake Bailey, 19 Mark Coulson, 20 Rhys Williams.

Bournville Blues are also in action at Avery Fields on Saturday with a home North Midlands Cup Group B match against Bromsgrove’s first team (3.15pm).

The Blues were beaten 38-19 at Regional One Midlands side Old Halesonians in their first match in the competition last week.

Josh Bloomfield, who started in the centre for the first team at Hornets will start at fly-half for the Blues this week.

Flanker Harry Sigley returns to club duty having captain North Midlands Under-20s to victory over Warwickshire last Sunday.

Saturday’s cup tie is the last for Blues coach Nick Green who us stepping down having done an outstanding job both coaching and managing the side.

Bournville Blues | 15 Niall Demel; 14 Abraham Jones, 13 Luka Rajkovic, 12 Phil Valegatu, 11 Harry Scarlett; 10 Josh Bloomfield, 9 Lockie Moeller; 1 Sean Kimberley, 2 Conor Thorneycroft, 3 Mantas Urbanavicius, 4 Harry Belcher, 5 Jamie Avery, 6 Dan Hood, 7 Harry Sigley, 8 Jack Holdaway.



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