CLEE Hill skipper Charlie Evans is hoping his side’s rock solid defence can help them to promotion from Midlands Four West (North) at the end of the season.

But he admits that with more than half the season still to go there’s still plenty of work to be done starting with Saturday’s crunch match with fellow high-fliers Market Drayton.

“They are one of just two teams to beat us so far so it would be good to get our revenge,” the Clee captain admitted.

“That was in our first away game of the season and while we have much the same squad from that match, our playing style has changed quite a bit and our defence has improved massively.

“We’re not a massive side, in fact we are tiny compared to some of the teams we have played, but the lads seem to put their bodies on the line and don’t mind getting hurt for the team.”

Clee have conceded just 78 points in their opening ten games of the campaign and Evans is hoping that will keep them up near the top - they are currently level with leaders Aldridge but with a game in hand.

He added: “We started the season looking for a place in the top four but after a few weeks we realised that we could have a chance of promotion. But there is still a long way to go and we have a tough January.”