DROITWICH will be aiming to continue their defence of the North Midlands Shield on Saturday when they entertain Yardley and District.

Spa are keen to win the silverware for the third season in a row but standing in their way in the second round is a Birmingham-based side struggling for form.

Yardley are bottom of the Midlands Division Three West (South) after six successive losses in all competitions.

That is in direct contrast to Droitwich, who have been in imperious form in recent weeks.

Spa made it five wins in a row on Saturday with a 25-19 victory over Shipston-on-Stour.

Tries for Martin Strutt, Stuart Brooks, Craig Mortlemans and James Shewell, as well as a conversion by Bobby Scott-Walker and penalty by Rob Poke saw off the spirited bottom side.

That victory was enough to lift Spa to joint top along with Kidderminster Carolians and Old Laurentians, although both those sides have superior points difference. Laurentians have a slight advantage as they have won all five of their games, while the Worcestershire clubs have both lost two of their seven.

Press officer James Shewell said: “It’s tight at the top and I think Kidderminster are just ahead but it’s shaping up to be a battle between both clubs.

“We turn our attentions to the North Midlands Shield on Saturday, a competition we would love to win for a third year in a row.”