BISHOP'S Castle climbed to the top of Midlands Five West (North) thanks to their 17-8 victory over former leaders Greyhound.

And skipper Matt Davies said that a run of three straight wins have helped put last season’s disappointments – when the team were relegated – behind them.

Davies grabbed the opening try himself, dotting down after picking up from the back of a ten metre scrum.

Fly-half Peter Hughes and centre Phil Pateman added further tries with Henry Wilson kicking a conversion against their Hereford-based opponents.

“There have been a lot of changes at the club over the summer and player numbers have doubled from what we had last season,” Davies explained.

“We have won the last three matches and our only defeat was in the opening game which we should have won.”

Bishops' Castle head to Market Drayton this Saturday in the first round of the North Midlands Vase Plate and Davies explained there will be quite a few changes.

“Because we don’t have a second team then people are missing out at the moment,” the skipper said.

“They have been training but aren’t getting a game so some will get their chance on Saturday.”

In Midlands Four West (North), Clee Hill were beaten 24-14 at home by Bloxwich.

Clee ran in tries from Matt Meredith and Callum Spires with the latter also slotting over two conversions.

Tenbury are still looking for their first win of the season in Midlands Four West (South) after they lost 31-3 at Coventry Welsh.