TOM Greevy will be relying on his Stratford players to ensure he can look forward to his return to work on Monday.
The Black and Whites’ director of rugby teaches at a school in Banbury and some of his charges play for Banbury’s junior sides.
So there will be plenty of extra interest from his students when Greevy looks to plot the downfall of the Oxfordshire side in their South West One East contest at Pearcecroft on Saturday.
“I work at a Banbury school and the students all know about my connection to Stratford,” said Greevy. “They are not slow in giving me their thoughts! I just hope I’ll be walking tall through the school, rather than hiding away. It’s all good fun.”
Banbury, who lie fifth in the table, will be favourites against Stratford XV who lie second from bottom.
But after having to field a scratch side in their outing two weeks ago at Wimborne, Stratford are expected to be closer to having a full squad available.
And building on the resilience and determination they showed in Dorset, Greevy says they need to be positive as they seek a second win of the season.
“Banbury are a good side and a few of the players on both sides know each other so that always had some extra spice,” said Greevy.
“I think it will be an open game. But we are more than capable of going out and winning the game.”
Elsewhere, Shipston-on-Stour entertain neighbours Alcester in Midlands Three West (South).
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