Drybrook prepared for frantic end to season
UNFAZED Drybrook are ready to play twice a week to beat the calendar on their Gloucester Premier title bid.
Drybrook have three games in hand on league leaders Frampton Cotterell.
Frazer McArdell's men face Bristol Saracens on Saturday to make up one match, before hosting Dursley on April 20 to complete their second.
But there is no fixture window for their third game in hand, against Tewkesbury.
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Drybrook's success in the RFU Senior Vase has denied them two opportunities to make up their fixture lag – and their semi-final on March 30 puts paid to the final free weekend.
So they could find themselves playing two games in a week or even in a weekend.
Drybrook are yet to play Tewkesbury in the league at all this term, and make the trip across on Saturday, April 6.
That clash could yet stand as double-header, with the result counting for both fixtures.
Drybrook chairman Paul Mason has backed his side's squad to handle whatever scenario arises.
Mason explained: "As things stand there's no slot in the calendar for our home game against Tewkesbury.
"That fell foul of the weather earlier in the season, and that's just a fact of life of playing rugby in Gloucestershire.
"Our other two games in hand have come from cup matches, and overall this is a situation that just couldn't be avoided.
"We're delighted with our cup run and that has given the whole club a tremendous boost.
"But promotion is the chief aim and we're working very hard to make that happen.
"We have developed a strong squad this season, and that's been one of the most pleasing aspects of the campaign.
"And if we have to play two games in a week or across perhaps Easter weekend or something like that, I am sure the lads will relish the challenge."
Meanwhile head coach McArdell has been confirmed as continuing his role for next season.
The Hartpury College lecturer took over towards the latter end of last season, and has helped guide Drybrook towards their chief aim of promotion back to Western Counties North.