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By Jamie Arrowsmith Wednesday 05 December 2012 Updated: 05/12 14:09
Kidderminster Carolians 55 Edwardians 19
North Midlands Shield
EDWARDIANS were given the tough test they expected when visiting Kidderminster on Saturday as their interest in this season’s North Midlands Shield came to an end.
With Kidderminster sitting second in the league above, it gave Eds the chance to test themselves against the sort of opposition they will be facing if their current promotion challenge goes as well as hoped.
Visiting captain and full back John Ferdinand immediately broke through the defence for a 40m run up the centre of the park but applying early pressure only seemed to spur the home side on and their response was impressive as they scored three unconverted tries in quick succession.
With the set pieces not going to plan for the visitors it was proving difficult for Eds to gain any sort of momentum but they did get themselves on the scoreboard when Luke Mason broke well and with support from winger Tom Evans and centre Morgan Hope, the latter found the try line and David Gray converted.
Kidderminster scored twice more before half time but there was worse to come for the visitors when centre Benn Chadwick suffered a bad injury, breaking his tibia and fibula which saw him receiving treatment on the sidelines for the remainder of the contest before being taken to Worcester hospital.
The first try of the second half went Kidderminster’s way but Eds quickly added their second try when Ferdinand broke clear and fed Matthew Gill to score.
Kidderminster were soon crossing the try line again but then it was the turn of winger Rob Stevens to cross for Eds after good work from flanker Chris Birch.
The home side maintained their dominance though as the game came to an end, running in a couple more tries to complete the victory.
Eds return to league action on Saturday with a home game against Bloxwich.
Everybody at the club would like to wish Benn a speedy recovery and hope to see him back at the club soon.
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