DETERMINED Dudley Kingswinford continued their charge towards the end of season play-offs with a convincing 33-5 success at local rivals Old Halesonians to stay second in Midlands One West.

But DK can ill afford to take their foot off the accelerator for one moment as promotion rivals Newbold on Avon and Whitchurch remain breathing down their necks with just one point separating the three sides.

DK director of rugby Neil Shillingford insisted: “We’ve just got to make sure we get five points from all of our remaining games.

The pressure was evident at Wassell Grove last Saturday and Shillingford admitted: “We made really hard work of it.

“There was a big crowd there owing to the fact it was the Halesonians ex players lunch, so the game got a bit lively at times.

“ It was a really nervy first half and there were plenty of unforced errors with the ball not going to hand which made it really difficult to get any rhythm or pace into the game.

“I admit I gave the lads a bit of a talking too at half time. I was always confident that we would get the win – but I was much more worried about getting the bonus point.

“As soon as the fourth try went in, it was job done and we’d got exactly what we wanted. We’ve just got to concentrate on getting the five points."

DKs host Stoke on Trent this Saturday at Heathbrook when the crowd should be boosted considerably as the game coincides with the annual Ladies Day Lunch when 130 guests will be sitting down to a three course pre match lunch.

Shillingford added: “I just hope they all come out to cheer us on afterwards and it should be quite a spectacle.

“It’s simply not a case of grinding out a win and kicking penalties at the moment. Spectators will see an open game of rugby as we have to go out and get tries."