It will be a case of 'will the last person to leave, please switch the lights off' in the Shropshire market town of Cleobury Mortimer this weekend.

About a quarter of the town's 4,000 inhabitants are expected to trek to Twickenham to watch the local rugby club take on Dorking in the final of the Powergen Junior Vase on Sunday (10.30am).

"It's been absolutely amazing the amount of interest our cup run has generated," Cleobury captain Paul Harding said. "They have put bunting up around the town, everywhere the players go there are people wishing us well and we have sold all our 1,000 tickets for the game.

"Eight coaches are going down on Sunday, three more are setting off on Saturday and other supporters are making their own way there. When you consider that population of the town is only 4,000, that's astonishing. It's really captured everyone's imagination and we will probably have to put up notices saying: 'will the last ones to leave please turn the lights out!'"

For a club that was formed from an impromptu game between two rival pubs only 14 years ago Cleobury's success is remarkable. All the players are based locally and all but two attended the Lacon Childe School, where the club is based.

They are the first club from Shropshire to reach a Twickenham final and only the fifth from North Midlands, after Moseley (three John Player Cup final appearances) Malvern (who won the Vase in 1994), Dudley Kingswinford (beaten Intermediate Cup finalists in 1999) and Solihull (losing finalists in last season's Vase). Since they defeated London Exiles a month ago, Cleobury have had difficultly thinking about anything else but their day out at Twickenham.

Harding said: "We've played three league games since the semi-final and our form has suffered a bit. It's been very difficult to get the players' minds on those games rather than the final.

"There's a lot of excitement which is understandable. For a small club like ours to be playing at Twickenham is an amazing achievement.

"It's an occasion that we are going to enjoy. Yes, having got there, we want to win. But it will be a great day out. We intend to stay to watch the Powergen Cup final between London Wasps and Llanelli, have a few drinks and then make our way back home."

Cleobury report no injury problems with full-back Julian Harding, Paul's cousin, having recovered from a shoulder injury.