NEIL Shillingford said his Dudley Kingswinford side put in a “complete performance” against Rugby Lions as they stretch their winning run to seven games.

DK secured a 28-17 bonus-point win against the Warwickshire side at Heathbrook last Saturday to help cement their second spot in the Midlands One West.

The Lions were quick out of the blocks with their forwards testing the DK defensive line, but after standing firm, DK turned the tables and scored from one of their first attacks.

A dominant first half performance saw DK lead 21-3 at the half, adding a bonus point try just after the break.

Both sides lost players to yellow cards as the game turn into a forward battle in the final 10 minutes, with the Lions capitalising to score two late tries.

Shillingford said: “They have a very big pack and are very forwards orientated, so we knew we were going to be in a battle up front if we were going to win.

“But the lads put in a great performance. We had to take our opportunities when they came to us.

“It was one of our most complete performances of the season so far. We might not have scored as many as we have done, but they did everything we asked of them.

“If we can get to Christmas and keep this winning run going then we will stand ourselves in good stead for the rest of the season.

“We need to keep picking up the bonus points like we have been and who knows where we’ll end up.”

DK head to Stoke (2.15pm kick-off) for their first away match since the victory over Lutterworth at the start of November.

But Shillingford is expecting another tough match and hopes his side can continue their good home form as they head out on the road.

He added: “Stoke is always a tough place to go to, especially at the moment as they are on a good run of form.

“But they seem to have struggled against the teams with bigger packs, and although we are not the biggest, we have shown over the season that we can dominate in the scrum.

“We know we need another good performance to keep our run going. We’ve had a good run of home performances so now the lads need to show that they can replicate that away.”