DUDLEY Kingswinford kept tabs on their promotion rivals with a well-rounded win over Worcester.

DK secured a 32-23 victory at Heathbrook last Saturday to make sure they maintained their outside hopes of gatecrashing the promotion party in Midlands One West.

They are 12 points off second-placed Newbold and still behind third-placed Whitchurch in the table but overcame another big test on home soil.

Director of rugby Neil Shillingford was pleased with the bonus point success but is still targeting more improvement from his troops heading into the business end of the campaign.

He said: "It was a very workman like performance from us but one we have to be quite pleased with.

"We picked up a bonus point win and showed that defensive quality with a bit of attacking flair.

"Worcester are a decent side as well so it was a vast improvement from the week before, which was what we were looking for.

"There is still improvement to come and some work to be done in certain areas as we try to get back to our form from November.

DK will now look for back-to-back home wins when they host Hereford this Saturday.

Shillingford added: "I was surprised that Hereford didn't beat Droitwich last week but you never really can predict what will happen in this league from one week to the next.

"Hereford are a strong side and we'll have to make sure we keep improving again.

"It's a bonus for us that we're at home and playing more games at home in the second half of the season is going to be a big positive for us hopefully.

"We are just concentrating on our own job and not thinking about anything else.

"There are a lot of big games coming up across the division soon so if we can keep plugging away we could end up right back in contention. The main thing is that we're very much still in the race."

Shillingford has no new injury worries and will be boosted by the return of Danny Hawkins from suspension and James Fildes from injury.