Pictures by Paul Hickey

KIDDERMINSTER Carolians made the most of their chances to to secure a place in the final of the North Midlands Shield.

KCs emerged 24-14 winners against Ludlow after a hard-fought contest at Marlpool Lane.

The opening score came after six minutes from a scrum won by the hosts against the head.

The ball was fed to Arthur Morgan who raced 30 yards to claim the try.

Kidderminster extended their lead when the ball went right and a pass from Ryan Tiene to full-back Chris May Miller allowed him to charge over from 65 yards, Freddie Morgan added the conversion.

The teams were evenly matched over the next 15 minutes with solid tackling from both sides.

Rhys Pritchard added another try, the conversion by Freddie Morgan was successful and increased the lead to 19-0 which was the score at half time.

Just before the break Kidderminster were reduced to 14 men when their hooker was yellow carded.

From the restart Ludlow launched an attack which took them to within ten metres of the KCs line but the ball was spilled and scooped up by Arthur Morgan who ran the length of the field to score.

Ludlow hit back with a converted try and piled pressure onto the Kidderminster line but the home defence held out.

KCs broke out with a kick to halfway from Freddie Morgan, Ludlow broke through once more with a converted try but it was not enough and the game finished 24-14

The final on May 12 against Camp Hill RFC, Kidderminster’s next league match is away to Earlsdon on Saturday (February 16).