Two main milestones might be reached when Shelford play host to Medway on Saturday (November 26).
The Regional 1 South East conflict at Davey Discipline will probably mark a one hundredth Peacocks look for Mike Gillick, whereas for the long-serving Charlie Baker, he’s one away from his 250th outing in Shelford colors.
Director of rugby Will Cotterill mentioned: “We’re actually fortunate to have guys like that on the membership. We’ve 5 – 6 centurions and a few double centurions as properly.
“The likes of Mike and Charlie, they make an enormous distinction to the group, particularly when it comes to management. The brand new gamers are available and the kids come up from the junior part and it is gamers like these two which can be the glue that preserve issues collectively.
“They’ve had loads of highs and lows with us, seen the nice and the dangerous – that have is invaluable.
“We’re actually pleased with these guys and it is rightly going to be an enormous afternoon for them.”
Shelford head into the weekend following a defeat final day trip at Sudbury – a aspect that they pipped to the London League 1 North title final time period.
It continued the group’s latest inconsistent run of kind, with three wins and three defeats from their six most up-to-date fixtures.
And Cotterill believes his third-placed gamers are struggling to adapt to sure video games having much less driving on them after the highs of final season.
“There was such a powerful deal with final season in that battle with Sudbury,” he mentioned.
“We could not afford to drop some extent as a result of it was such a decent race all the way in which. This 12 months Westcombe Park are out in entrance and with just one getting promoted, that appears settled.
“Perhaps a few of the video games we’re taking part in now do not need as a lot driving on them as final season and while you take a look at who we have misplaced to lately – like Sudbury and Hertford – they had been determined for the win, had their backs to the wall and it confirmed of their efficiency.
“We have got to get again to that combating spirit, digging in and getting a constant run going once more.”
Cotterill can be hopeful that final weekend’s break from motion can have allowed a few of the niggling accidents to have healed up.
He added: “We would have liked the break. We began the season properly however our kind has change into a bit like a yo-yo.
“We’re successful one after which shedding one – and shedding video games we should not be shedding.
“We’re taking part in all of the rugby, dominating the video games however groups are wanting it a bit extra.
“That is disappointing however I believe a few of it’s all the way down to fatigue setting in. We’re choosing up accidents as properly.
“They are not large ones, issues like a rolling of the ankle, but it surely’s all including up. Hopefully these niggles can have cleared up and we’ll be someplace close to full energy on Saturday.”
In the meantime, ladies’s rugby will take heart stage at Davey Discipline on Sunday (November 27).
Recent from the England group – nicknamed the Pink Roses – impressing on their approach to reaching the ultimate of the latest Ladies’s World Cup, supporters will get the possibility to observe two matches at Shelford.
At 1pm the Jap Counties Below-18s Women will play a curtain-raising recreation earlier than Shelford’s first XV will play host to Sudbury in a cup encounter.
Cotterill mentioned: “Once I got here to the membership there was round eight girls signed on however now there’s greater than 50 and that’s wonderful for our membership.
“It is one thing that we have been actually eager to push and develop in recent times.
“Ladies’s rugby has been within the background for a very long time however now it is rather a lot within the foreground, and so it needs to be.
“The RFU is eager to develop the sport and we’re attempting to do the identical on the membership.
“The World Cup had a huge impact and we’re going into colleges, operating camps and attempting to unfold the phrase.
“We’re getting new recruits be a part of on a regular basis and lengthy might that proceed.”