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Lucs aim to end with cup success

Luctonians Rugby
Luctonians won the North Midlands Cup for the first time in 2005

Luctonians hope to make up for missing out on promotion by retaining the North Midlands Cup when they face Dudley Kingswinford on 10 May.

The Herefordshire club had to settle for third place in Midlands One, despite leading the table for two-thirds of the season.

Lucs spokesman Simon Green-Price said: "The North Midlands Cup final is always a special day and an enjoyable day out.

"We are in a similar position to last year, having missed out on promotion."

He added: "We would like to win the cup, but we are certainly not under-estimating DK who are a team on the up at the moment."

The competition again offers a consolation for Luctonians, who will be bidding to win it for the fourth time in five seasons, having first collected the trophy in 2005.

We have yet to decide who will replace them but it means that we will be below full strength for the final

Simon Green-Price

But they will go into the final without three players as Shropshire county back-row forwards Paul Hulland [Achilles tendon]and Tim Breakwell [knee] are injured and South African centre Leon Mells is out for six weeks with an ankle injury.

"We have yet to decide who will replace them but it means that we will be below full strength for the final," added Green-Price.

The North Midlands Cup final will be preceded by both the North Midlands Shield and North Midlands Vase finals, which take place on adjoining pitches at Mortimer Park.

The Shield final is between Aston Old Edwardians, who won the North Midlands Cup in 2003 and 2004, and Bournville.

Ross-on-Wye are back to defend the Plate in their final against Evesham.

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