LOCK Andrew Kitchener is looking to make the most of a busy month of fixtures after making an impact on his return to action.

The big-hitting forward put in a dominant defensive display in Worcester Cavaliers’ 34-26 victory over Northampton Wanderers at Sixways.

His appearance in the Premiership Shield clash brought an end to two-and-a-half months of frustration having been sidelined due to injuries to his knee and ankle.

Kitchener is happy to keep playing for Warriors’ second team who are in the hunt for a place in the semi-finals ahead of their home match against Wasps next Monday.

But with five games left in the Gallagher Premiership – three of those coming this month – the 22-year-old is hoping to break back into Alan Solomons’ plans.

“Cavs have got two more games back to back,” Kitchener said.

“We have got Wasps at home next Monday and then Newcastle away. I am sure the boys will be up for those two.

“Whether it is the first-team or Cavs it would be good to get some games before the end of the season.”

Kitchener who has been part of Warriors’ academy since 2014 has made 10 senior appearances this term, but sits behind Anton Bresler, Michael Fatialofa, Pierce Phillips and Darren Barry in the pecking order.

The Shrewsbury-born second row said he was pleased to come through the match against Northampton unscathed after returning to training last week.

“It was good to get back out there to be honest,” Kitchener said.

“It’s been probably two-and-a-half months since I last played in the Stade game.

“Coming into a game at home against a strong team was really nice and to top it off with a win was even better.

“I picked up a couple of injuries in a row which was a bit frustrating so it was good to finally get back out there.

“I hurt my knee against Stade and I was on my way back rehabbing when I injured my ankle as well so I have had a couple of knock backs but I feel fine now.

“I came through the game alright so that was positive.

“It was good to be back out training last week and really enjoyed Monday night.

“It was a good performance from the lads so whether it is Cavs or first-team it would be nice to help out and push for a few more wins.”