Dedicated Warriors cut holiday short to attend final

One family of Warriors are so committed to the cause they have cut their half-term holiday short in order to attend Wednesday’s Greene King IPA Championship Final second leg between Warriors and Bristol.

Andrew Smith, wife Debbie and sons Ben and Ollie, had booked an excursion to Exmouth back in January but have decided to shorten their break in order to come and cheer Warriors in the biggest game of the season.

And Andrew, who’s been a Season Ticket holder for the last five years, admits he is excited for Wednesday’s big match.

He said: “This stage of the season is like a scary movie for me. I find it almost unbearable to watch as my nerves can’t take it – but I have to be there!

“We’re cutting the holiday short to go through the anxiety of a tense final but I’m sure it’ll all be worthwhile in the end!”

Andrew recalled the last time Warriors were in the Championship Final at Sixways back in 2011 where they defeated Cornish Pirates to reach the Premiership.

He added: “I was sat with friends in the South Stand but it was a fantastic day despite pacing up and down and my heart going full throttle!

“But we celebrated in traditional style by going to the bar and hopefully that’ll be the case again on Wednesday.”

Andrew and his family head down to Exmouth, Devon today for their shortened trip before shooting back up the M5 to Sixways for Wednesday night’s final.

And Andrew says his family wouldn’t miss it for the world
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He explained: “My family and I are huge Warriors fans. We come to every game and my son Ben, 13, looks up to Sam Betty while his younger brother Ollie, 11, likes Ben Howard.

“My wife on the other hand likes Alex Grove as she thinks he’s a handsome fellow!

“We wouldn’t miss this final for the world and it’s going to be a great game.”

And Andrew insists his family will be making plenty of noise in order to try and cheer Warriors back to the Aviva Premiership.

He added: “We’ll be making plenty of noise with all the other Warriors faithful and hopefully we can help them get the win.

“I predict we’ll be six points ahead with a minute to go and Bristol will land a penalty. It’ll be a nail-biter for the last 30 seconds.

“We’ll be shouting at the boys to shove it up their jumper but I think we'll win although it’s going to be a tense one!”