NUMBER eight Matt Davies says Bishop's Castle are still targeting the Midlands 5 West (North) title despite losing 24-17 to promotion rivals Greyhound.

Missed opportunities proved to be Castle's downfall and Davies conceded his team were second best.

"It was scrappy and very close and in the end we got a losing bonus point," he said.

"It was the same when they came to us and in the end, home advantage gave them the win.

"I think we could have done a lot better and our composure let us down in key positions and a lot of chances were missed.

"It was the sort of game that, whoever took their chances, would win it.

"It was evenly balanced and there wasn't that much attacking rugby.

"They probably played more rugby than we did and were more threatening, especially in the second half.

"We got into positions but let the ball go.

"The top three is very close though and we won't take our eye off winning the league."

Bishop's Castle were relegated from Midlands 4 West (North) and Davies says the lower league is of a higher standard than he expected.

"A lot of teams could easily slot in the league above, but in terms of a club since coming down, we've pulled together and done quite well," said Davies.

Bishop's Castle went ahead in the eighth minute when winger Daniel Lewis went over in the corner; Tom Forster converting.

However, Greyhound hit back just two minutes later thanks to an Oli Paton try that Murphy converted.

And the home side went ahead in the 17th minute.

Good build-up play eventually led to Dewi Williams crashing over, with Murphy again adding the extras.

However, Bishop's Castle came back again with a breakaway try.

Good work by Lewis Kai and Forster led to Will King scoring under the posts.

Forster's conversion made it 14-14.

Greyhound managed to go into the interval ahead though when Mikey Weaver scored a try on the stroke of half time; Murphy converting.

Bishop's Castle did reduce the arrears to four points with a Forster penalty two minutes into the second half, but from thereon in, Greyhound defended well.

Murphy retained their seven point advantage with a penalty in the 63rd minute before he missed another three pointer.

But that proved immaterial as Greyhound held on for a vital win in their push for promotion.