PERSHORE kick-off their Midlands Three West (South) campaign at home to Kings Norton on Saturday (3pm) looking to rebuild after the disappointment of relegation.

The Piddle Park outfit notched up just three victories from their 22 league matches in the Midlands Two West (South) last season as their inferior points difference saw them demoted.

An immediate return to the higher tier is not on the agenda for manager Toby Grace, however, who believes his side will look to consolidate in mid-table this season.

“It’s a job to say where we might be finishing at this stage of proceedings,” said Grace.

“Right now I think if we manage to finish in mid-table that would be a good achievement for us.”

Scott Williams, once of Cheltenham North, and ex-Worcester Wanderers flanker Dave Hill join a Pershore squad which has remained more or less intact during the close season.

Grace is also hopeful that the young Hardiman brothers, Luke and Josh, will emerge as exciting prospects as the season unfolds.

Pre-season fortunes have been mixed for Pershore, with a surprising win over Porth Harlequins followed by a 27-0 defeat to Kidderminster Carolians.

“The Kidderminster game fell on a Bank Holiday so I don’t think that was a true reflection on where we’re at right now,”

Grace added. “To beat Porth was a welcome boost, though, as they are several leagues above us.

“We’ve got to look ahead with optimism for the new season.

Everyone in the squad is enthusiastic and raring to get going.”

  • Evesham RFC head coach Gary Diston believes his players can put a miserable season behind them when they kick-off their Midlands Three West (South) campaign on Saturday.

The Albert Road side only avoided relegation from the division because of another team’s withdrawal from the league, and ended last season with 16 defeats from 20 matches.

Diston said: “There’s a completely different atmosphere in the camp now. We’ve put last season behind us.”