AT least one North Midlands club is guaranteed a place in the RFU Midlands Intermediate Cup fourth round.
Worcestershire rivals Kidderminster Carolians and Malvern have been paired in the third round at Marlpool Lane on Saturday, January 2.
Malvern crushed Shrewsbury 91-0 at the second stage and Kidderminster eased to a 32-0 home win over Spartans.
Droitwich face a tricky trip to Leicestershire to face Coalville.
In the RFU Midlands Senior Vase, Evesham entertain Cannock in the third round on January 2 and Ledbury head to Willenhall.
A North Midlands derby in the RFU Midlands Junior Vase third round sees Upton host Yardley and District.
The three Midlands winners of the cups progress to the national semi-finals.
Three North Midlands survivors in the National Colts Cup have been kept apart in the fourth round.
Luctonians play host to Nottingham Corsairs, who won last season’s RFU National Under 17 Cup, and Kidderminster Carolians visit Leicestershire side Syston.
In the National Colts Plate, Bromsgrove host Old Halesonians, Church Stretton entertain Hereford and Malvern are at home to Nuneaton.