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KCs edge into the next round
12:00pm Thursday 12th September 2013 in Local
Kidderminster Carolians 15, Upton-upon-Severn 14
KIDDERMINSTER Carolians kicked-off their season with a hard-fought win which saw them progress into the next round of the North Midlands Shield.
The Marlpool Lane side showed good spirit to battle back from 11-0 down to get the 2013-14 season off to a winning start.
Upton started the game confidently and went ahead through a penalty after two minutes and for much of the first quarter kept the hosts side pinned in their own half.
KCs were contesting well in the line-outs and scrums, but Upton further increased their lead when they won the race to a touch down following a kick over the KCs defence, but did not convert for the extras.
The visitors went further ahead with another penalty when KCs were penalised for obstruction when trying to break out of defence and so after 20 minutes Upton were 11-0 ahead.
But with the crowd behind them, Kidderminster rallied and laid siege to Upton.
KCs hooker, Elliot Kelsall had to be replaced due to an injury but this did not stop the pack continuing to supply plenty of good possession.
There was some good support play from the back row with club captain Rob Delahay, Layton Wilkinson and Mike Protheroe making their presence felt as did Alex and Chris Baldwin.
After sustained pressure, debutant George Morgan followed up his own kick and scored under the posts and scrum-half Chris Pinner added the extras to reduce the Upton’s lead.
KCs continued to have the better possession and, after further good support play, Matt Rigsby bulldozed over the line for a well-deserved try and take KCs into the lead for the first time in the match.
Before half-time the hosts went further ahead when Upton conceded a penalty close to their posts for offside and Pinner made it 15-11.
During the second-half there were a number of handling errors but it was encouraging to see that the hosts were always looking to attack, their defence worked hard throughout and KCs superior fitness could be seen in the final quarter.
The only score in the second period was a penalty to Upton mid-way through the half to make the score, at the final whistle, 15-14 in favour of KCs.
There was plenty for the hosts to take away and build upon before Saturday’s first Midlands Two West (South) fixture when they host Leamington (3pm kick-off).
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