TENBURY head coach Andy Black heaped praise on his players even though they suffered a sixth straight defeat to keep them rooted to the foot of the Midlands Four West (South) table.

High-fliers Bedworth were 14-0 winners at Penlu, but Black admitted that he couldn’t fault their performance.

“We have definitely turned a massive corner since the start of the season,” he said.

“In September we would have folded but that’s not the case any more.

"We are certainly moving in the right direction and we have the benefit of having a good adaptable side.”

Snow and freezing temperatures made life tricky for both sides as they looked to run the ball through their backs and play was often halted for knock-ons as the ball was spilled.

Bedworth, who climbed up to second following the victory, opened up a 9-0 lead at the break thanks to three penalties slotted over from in front of the posts.

Tenbury’s cause was not helped when they lost back row Nick Webb with a broken wrist, but a strong bench ensured they were able to match their high-flying visitors until Bedworth’s forwards surged over for a try to complete the scoring.

Black added: “We had a number of breaks into their half but were just unable to finish the moves off.

“Joey Partridge had another good game in the second row, making a nuisance of himself, and when we needed to make changes, we could do so because of having a full bench.”

Among the replacements was back row Will Morgan who has been unable to play due to work commitments.

“It was good to have him back because he brings some maturity and stability to what is a young side,” the coach added.

“We could also bring Fraser Young off the bench and play him on the wing.

“We know we have some tough games coming up but as long we can call on a full squad of 20 players then we fell that we can have a go at these clubs.”

Tenbury head to third-placed Coventrians this Saturday.