KIDDERMINSTER Carolians secured a play-off place in Midlands 2 West (south) with a crushing defeat over Old Coventrians.

Before kick-off the club held a minute silence in tribute to stalwart Graham Maiden who died earlier in the week.

KCs made a flying start against their already relegated visitors with a score from Freddie Morgan straight from the start which he also converted.

The score was doubled inside four minutes when an attack from deep was finished off by Chris May-Miller and Morgan again added the extras.

Coventrians drew heart from a lineout and pressure on the KC's line and bagged an unconverted try but Jess Smith hit back for the hosts with an unconverted try after an attacking penalty kick.

Ryan Tiene got the bonus point try after Coventrians conceded a scrum on halfway and May-Miller cut through the defence, again Morgan added the conversion.

Full-back Andy McLellan collected from the restart and his pass to Rhys Pritchard saw the centre utilise both strength and pace to score from distance for a fifth try, again converted by Morgan.

Arthur Morgan was next to score a try after Coventrians lost possession at a scrum and brother George once more added two points with his boot.

Tiene and May-Miller piled on two more tries to make the score at half time 50-5.

The visitors put together some attacking moves after the restart but tempers were frayed and they lost a forward to a red card.

The hosts onslaught began again, a Pinner break went through hands to prop Matt Rigsby for a converted try.

KC's were merciless, May-Miller completed his hat-trick and barely a minute later another great take and run by McLellan was continued by prop Russ Gauden for Pinner to finish off under the posts and the scrum-half converted his own score.

Tiene burst through despairing tackles before supplying Arthur Morgan to a comprehensive 74-5 victory.

The win confirmed Carolians' highest league position since the introduction of the National League system in 1987 and set up a play-off against Tamworth to be played at Marlpool Lane on Saturday April 27.