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It’s vital to start with a win, says Bletcher
9:00am Friday 6th September 2013 in Sportsview
KIDDERMINSTER Carolians head coach Ian Bletcher believes it’s imperative that his side get the season off to a strong start.
KCs kick-off the 2013-14 campaign at home to Upton-on-Severn in the North Midlands Shield, a competition they reached the semi-finals of last season.
Bletcher though is more concerned that his team begin the new season with a victory.
But they face an Upton side who have been coached all summer by former Worcester Warriors player Craig Gillies.
Bletcher said: “What’s critical for us is that we start with a win, a defeat could deflate the good feeling around the club.
“But we’re up for a test, Upton have been put through their paces by Craig Gillies and I expect a tough test.”
KCs suffered an injury setback after Rhys Pritchard suffered an ankle problem.
He joins Alex Thompson and Andy McLellan on the sidelines, although the club can call upon the likes of Mitchell Hardwicke, Mike Jenkins and Sam Taylor.
Bletcher said: “What has pleased me most is that we’ve got a strong group of players and strength in depth in all positions.”
KCs completed pre-season with a 29-7 win over Willenhall.
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