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Yarrow: Nothing will distract us

12:30 18 February 2015

May & Baker captain Andy Yarrow (left) instructs his team (pic: Rob Stanbridge).

May & Baker captain Andy Yarrow (left) instructs his team (pic: Rob Stanbridge).

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May & Baker skipper discusses league meeting with Writtle and walkover in Junior Vase

May & Baker captain Andy Yarrow insists his side are focused on this weekend’s Essex One match with Writtle Wanderers despite various other important dates coming up.

Bakers went one step closer to playing at Twickenham after they were awarded a home walkover against Chipstead on Saturday in the Junior Vase quarter-finals.

They visit Surrey One side Camberley in the semi-finals in March and also lead Essex One and face title rivals Upper Clapton before that on February 28, but Yarrow is sure they will not slip up against Writtle.

He said: “We do not want to look past this weekend’s game because the following Saturday we have Upper Clapton and we can’t afford to slip up before that.

“No disrespect to Writtle, because on their day they are a good team, but we want to get our game structure in place and get things right against them so we are ready for the following weekend.

“It is important we get an 80-minute performance under our belts on Saturday because if we don’t do that against Upper Clapton the following weekend, we could be beaten. We need to put in a performance at Writtle.”

Yarrow was surprised that Chipstead weren’t able to field a side last weekend, but was delighted to reach the semi-final’s and in the process go the furthest the club ever has in the competition.

He added: “They couldn’t get a front row together and that shocked us a bit, even if it is a specialist position.

“We received an email on Thursday night informing us they couldn’t get a team. I know how important the front row is for safety, but surely you could use some of the second team considering it was a chance to get to the semi-final’s.

“The main thing is we got through. A few of us went and supported the seconds instead and they won their cup game as well.”

Bakers will meet Camberley in the last four and, if they progress, another Surrey One side in the final after Battersea Ironsides defeated Wisbech 20-7 in the other semi-final last weekend.

“We will play the match on March 14, unless we are told otherwise. That is when we both don’t have a game so it should go ahead then,” said Yarrow.

“Battersea will be a ridiculously tough game if we get through. They are top of the Surrey One and unbeaten this season.

“Camberley are second and the Surrey One is the Essex One equivalent, but they have four league overall so it makes it really strong.

“But to be the best you have got to beat the rest so that is what we will have to do.

“We have broken the record we set last year and all the lads are really keen to get as far as we can in the competition.”

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