A TRY from Charlie Evans helped Clee Hill secure second place in Midlands Four West (North) with a hard-fought 10-0 derby win at Cleobury Mortimer.

Richard Wozencroft kicked a penalty and a conversion for Hill, who are now one point ahead of third-placed Cannock.

Hill skipper Matt Bowen said: “It was a very close game and it could have gone either way. Our defence was superb. It is the first time we have ever achieved doubles over Bromyard, Tenbury, Cleobury and Bishops Castle in the same season.”

Cleobury skipper Allan Shields said: “It was a good game and it could have gone either way because Willie Bache was held up over the line.”

He added: “Hill played well and it was our first home defeat of the season. Hill are a very good side and, with the likes of Tim Breakwell now in their side, will do well if they gain promotion.”

Pete Bevan said sloppy tackling cost Bishops Castle in a 52-18 defeat at leaders Harborne. Will Beddoes kicked Castle 6-0 ahead before Harborne took control.

Beddoes also slotted a penalty before Charlie Haylett and Edward Roberts bagged late tries for Castle.

Bevan said: “Harborne were hurting after losing to Tenbury the previous week. The pitch was dry and their backs were in top form.”