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Your News Market Rasen & Louth look forward to renewing links with RFU Chairman at Midlands cup final

MARKET Rasen & Louth are looking forward to catching up with Martyn Thomas, Chairman of the RFU Board of Directors, at the Midlands final of the RFU Intermediate Cup on Saturday April 2.

Market Rasen travel to Stoke’s Hartwell Lane ground to face their Staffordshire hosts with the winners progressing to the national semi-finals.

Thomas, a former Market Rasen player, coach and chairman, will be at Stoke to present the trophy as the final coincides with a weekend visit to Staffordshire by the RFU Chairman and John Steele, the RFU Chief Executive Officer.

“It’s all tied in very nicely,” said Market Rasen President Peter Dixon. “Martyn Thomas has a long association with the club, having played for our first team. I played alongside him in our fourths so it will be good to catch up again.

“Martyn is still very closely involved with the club. He’s attending our players’ dinner in May and he is still very friendly with a lot of our club officers.”

Market Rasen hope that Thomas will be presenting the trophy to their captain, number eight Dean Hutchinson, on Saturday, and that they can complete a double by clinching the Midlands Two East (North) title the following week.

“If we beat Lincoln a week on Saturday and get a bonus point we will be in Midlands One next season, the highest we have been,” Dixon said.

“This is the furthest we have ever been in a national cup so we are having a fantastic season. We’ve only lost once this season and that 3-0 against Market Bosworth so it’s our most successful side since the 1970s when we went unbeaten for two-and-a-half years.

“I have to say that in all the time I have been involved, and I joined the club straight from school, that we have never had a side like this one.

“They are a tremendous set of lads, they love playing for the club, most of them have come through the mini and junior section and there is a tremendous spirit in the squad.”

Dixon also attributes Market Rasen’s successful to campaign to the influence of coach Simon Green and the ethos of the Lincolnshire club.

“We are proud of our friendly, family atmosphere,” Dixon said. “Everyone is made to feel welcome when they come to Market Rasen.

“We’ve won the Whistlers’ Trophy, which is presented by the Notts, Lincs & Derbyshire Referees’ Society to the club which makes referees feel most welcome, and we do like to look after everyone that comes to the club.”

Market Rasen would have liked to have welcomed Stoke to their Willingham Road ground on Saturday, instead they will take two coachloads of supporters to the Potteries.

“We’ve had some big days at our ground in recent years, including an NLD final, but it’s a big day for both clubs and we will be well-supported at Stoke,” Dixon said.

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