- Byes for Midlands quartet
- Lichfield to face Hereford in Midlands derby
Four Midlands clubs have been given byes to the fifth round of the National Colts Cup.
Lutterworth, Market Bosworth, Burton and Old Northamptonians emerged as qualifiers from their respective Midlands sections of the draw and have now joined with the four qualifiers from the North for the fourth round.
They have all been awarded a bye to the next round while Luctonians will travel to Old Brodleians, Bedford Athletic will host Huddersfield and Lichfield will take on Hereford in an all-Midlands fourth round tie.
Old Northamptonians are previous finalists in the competition having lost 32-6 to Bishop’s Stortford in 2006. They were also beaten by Richmond in the National Colts Plate final in 2010.
The National Colts Cup was introduced for the 1997/98 season as part of the East Midlands RU’s centenary celebrations.
The Plate, a competition for sides beaten in rounds one to three of the Cup, was introduced in 1999/2000.
The competition was originally contested by Under 19 teams from clubs across the country but has now been changed to an Under 18 tournament.
National Colts Cup
Third-round results (Midlands): Hereford 41 Kenilworth 14, Whitchurch 17 Burton 25, Luctonians 31 Nuneaton 7, Evesham 29 Lichfield 30, Northampton Casuals 12 Market Bosworth 24, Kettering 15 Bedford Athletic 39, Leighton Buzzard 14 Lutterworth 51, Old Northamptonians 18 Market Harborough 7.
Fourth-round draw (Midlands and North): Old Brodleians v Luctonians, Carlisle v Penrith, Bedford Athletic v Huddersfield, Lichfield v Hereford. Ties to be played on or before February 2, 2014. Byes: Lutterworth, Market Bosworth, Burton, Old Northamptonians.
National Colts Plate
Round 3b (Midlands): Market Harborough v Kettering, Derby v Olney, Northampton Mens Own v Newbold on Avon, Northampton Casuals v Scunthorpe, Newark v Oundle, Leighton Buzzard v Dunstablians, Paviors v Leicester Forest, Kenilworth v Evesham, Nuneaton v Sutton Coldfield, Old Halesonians v Spartans, Kidderminster Carolians v Moseley, Silhillians v Walsall, Worcester Wanderers v Willenhall, Stafford v Tamworth, Wolverhampton v Whitchurch. Ties to be played by the weekend of December 21/22.