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Bletcher sets top three target for KCs
12:00pm Friday 22nd February 2013 in Local
KIDDERMINSTER Carolians head coach Ian Bletcher has targeted a top-three finish in the Midlands Division Two West (South).
The Marlpool Lane side currently reside in third place but are locked in a battle with Worcestershire rivals Droitwich for it.
Spa are two points behind and have two games in hand over KCs.
But with Kidderminster to tackle Spa at home and the fourth-placed side still to play leaders Old Laurentians and Kenilworth, Bletcher believes his team can finish ahead of them.
The title race is also close, as Kenilworth also moved ahead of Laurentians to go top after a scrappy 3-0 win.
Bletcher said: “The league is tight and it is nip or tuck but we’re targeting a third place finish or above.
“Droitwich have to play Laurentians and Kenilworth again, while we’ve got them both out of the way.”
KCs maintained their good home record on Saturday as they ended Banbury’s four-game winning streak.
They were inspired by a pre-match pep-talk by club stalwart Denis Lloyd-Jones.
Kidderminster bagged five tries as they raced into a healthy lead and then weathered a second half push by the visitors.
“I was really pleased with the performance,” said the head coach.
“To score five tries and concede one was excellent.
“It was a strong display and I was pleased with the performance of the side.
“Tom Maher was superb and Nick Martin scored a fine hat-trick.
“Phil Knowles had a quick chat with Nick before the game about taking all his good work from training into the match and it paid off.”
KCs have a weekend off from the league but are keen to stay in the winning frame of mind and are trying to organise a friendly match for this weekend.
They have pencilled in Old Silhillians with the fixture yet to be confirmed.
“We don’t want a free weekend, it does us no good at all,” said Bletcher.
“Hopefully we can organise a game and keep the momentum going.”