Mission complete, twice over, for Sheffield RUFC’s second team.
Last season they finished runners-up in both league and cup and so set their sights on going one better this time round.
Sheffield achieved their target as they finished one of their most successful campaigns ever with a league and trophy double with success in the Yorkshire Merit Table Championship and the Gerry Roberts Trophy.
The team, coached by former first team captain Dan Porter - with a little help from Al Cotton and ‘Bison’ Hayes! - came so close to going through their league season unbeaten as they won 21 of their 22 games. Their lone defeat was by an agonising one point margin to York. On their way to the title, Sheffield scored an incredible 945 points with just 190 against and will now play in the Yorkshire Merit Table Premiership next season.
They added more silverware to their collection with a 32-29 victory over Old Thornensians in the Trophy final.
Significant performances came from leading try scorers Ali Womack and Tom Metcalf on the wings, skipper and No8 Mark Walker, centres Rob Holland and Ben Shore, openside flanker Dale Goulding, second row Soloman Prestige and up-coming youngsters via the colts, Danny Beaman (stand off) and Adam Thompson (wing).
“The players deserve their success,” said Porter. “We set the double target at the beginning of the season and they’ve delivered in a really positive way. It will, of course, be tougher for us in the league next season but I feel we’re ready for it.
“It’s a great time for the club and just shows how far we’ve come over the last few years.
“The first team is on the rise, the second team is looking good, we regularly turn out third and fourth teams and we’ve got a very strong mini and juniors sections, both in terms of performance and numbers,” he added.