Dudley Kingswford 5, Bromsgrove 41

RELEGATION battling Bromsgrove bagged a much needed lifeline as they put fellow strugglers Dudley Kingswinford to the sword at Heathbrook on Saturday.

The second from bottom Finstall Park outfit ended their nine-match losing run at the division’s whipping boys with seven tries.

The bonus point also saw the Boar close the gap on Sheffield, the team directly above, to just two points.

However, with three sides going down from the National Two North, Bromsgrove still trail Hull, who are just above the relegation zone, by eight points.

But Bromsgrove gave their confidence a much-needed boost as they recorded their biggest win of a testing campaign.

Fly half Aaron Higgins got the ball rolling when he was allowed to run 50 plus metres to score the opening try on 10 minutes after Bromsgrove had won turnover ball.

A second Bromsgrove try soon followed when flanker David Hughes too easily handed off a would-be tackler to score and Higgins added the conversion.

The only ray of sunshine for the beleaguered hosts arrived on the half hour when DK’s gathered line-out ball and drove over Bromsgrove’s try line where tight head prop Dan Shakespeare supplied the vital touch, Pinches conversion attempt striking the upright.

Impressive Bromsgrove No.8 Solomon Dacres supplied a third try before half time, applying the finishing touch to a lovely handling move.

In the second half, Bromsgrove were camped in DK’s half.

A reckless pass gifted Bromsgrove a fourth try which was dotted down by hooker George Glenn.

Dave Hughes bagged his second try when he broke through numerous feeble tackles to score under the posts and Higgins converted to make it 29-5.

A penalty try followed after DK’s infringed at a five metres scrum which resulted in a yellow card for Ryan Smitheman.

Then Bromsgrove supplied the icing on the cake when winger Simon Bastock raced over in the corner to complete victory.

Bromsgrove now face mid-table Birmingham and Solihull at home Saturday (3pm ko).