CLEE Hill bagged a try in each half to edge out visitors Yardley & District 13-8 in Midlands Four West (North).

And stand-in skipper George Evans is looking forward to having players returning to the side for the trip to Dudley Wasps in the quarter-final of the North Midlands Vase on Saturday.

Clee number 8 Callum Spires was driven over for the opening try before Steve Adams slotted over a penalty to open up an 8-0 lead in atrocious conditions.

Yardley hauled themselves back into the game to level to the scores but with 15 minutes to go, scrum-half Charlie Evans dummied his way to the line.

“We’re finding that teams are much more physical in this league,” admitted Evans who is captaining the side in the absence of Steve Links who has undergone surgery on a knee injury.

“We are a smaller side this season and so it’s not really suiting us.

"The pitch also cut up badly on Saturday but we just about did enough.

“We are going to get stronger and we have players coming back for the game at Dudley.”

Prop Matt Bowen, back row pair Robbie Jones and Ben Lewis along with centre Tom Evans should all be available after missing the Yardley game.

In Midlands Four West (South), Tenbury’s disappointing start to the season continued as they were beaten 45-0 at Claverdon.

It was the third straight defeat for the Penlu side but according to player/coach Andy Black, there were some positives to come from the game.

“It was a disappointing result but a better team performance with three players making their debut for Tenbury,” he explained.

“The pack performed well and we now have a two week break which should allow us to get some of the injured players back in the side.”

Cleobury Mortimer narrowly lost 18-17 at neighbours Kidderminster where last ditch defending kept them at bay in the final few minutes.

Jack Bills dotted down for a first half try with Hayden Edwards kicking the conversion and a penalty.

John Hulland added a try after the break, Edwards kicking the extras, but the hosts just held on.