CLEE Hill RFC skipper Charlie Evans is targeting a Christmas number one after his side produced another on-song display to boost their Midlands Four West North promotion push.

Tries from Tim Breakwell, Scott Jordan and Matt Wilkes, plus a Hayden Edwards penalty, gave Hill a hard-fought 18-7 win over Aston Old Edwardians.

Just two points separate the top five but, crucially, third-placed Clee Hill – who visit Barton-under-Needwood this Saturday before matches against the bottom three – have a game in hand.

Evans said: “It’s still very tight at the top and this weekend’s game against Barton is as big as any because once we get that out of the way we’ve pretty much played the stronger teams.

“We missed out on a bonus point at the weekend but we still have the game in hand so it’s all positive at the moment.

“The lads are enjoying it and it would be nice to get into that top place before Christmas.”

Elsewhere, only two points separated Cleobury Mortimer from Old Saltleians in Midlands Three West North at the start of play but Salts won 29-6 to go top as Mortimer dropped to sixth.

Two first-half Alex Sparks penalties were all Mortimer had to show for their trip.

In Midlands Four West South, Tenbury were edged out 14-12 at Old Wheatleyans.

In the first period, Old Wheatleyans camped in Tenbury’s half and it took great defending from the visitors to limit them to just two converted tries.

Tenbury improved after the break as Zac Thompson scored and converted his own try before Ben Spires also crossed.

However, the missed conversion and a late missed penalty proved decisive as Tenbury had to settle for a losing bonus point from a game they could have won.

Bishop’s Castle & Onny Valley remain sixth in Midlands Five after a 7-0 loss at Five Ways Old Edwardians.