BUOYANT Bromsgrove walloped Whitchurch 36-0 to remain locked at the top of Midlands West One with title rivals Newbold-on-Avon.

Only the slenderest of points difference separates the leaders going into the last round of matches before Christmas.

Bromsgrove head coach Dan Protherough said: "It's important that we maintain the right mentality.

"Against Whitchurch, we came flying out of the blocks and didn't really get the points our pressure deserved even though we led 24-0 by half time.

"We should have scored more but we kept missing chances and dropping the ball when we were over the line.

"But I was really pleased with the urgency and intensity that we showed and we have to keep that going."

Left wing Josh Holt opened Bromsgrove's account before centre Ed Spalding crossed twice with a penalty try advancing the score still further.

After the break left wing Sam Bastock sprinted over with No.8 Drew Harper also getting on the scoresheet while scrum half Adam Whiteman kicked the remaining points.

Bromsgrove round off this year's games with a local derby clash against Droitwich at Finstall Park this Saturday.

Despite the sides being at opposite ends of the table Protherough is under no illusions, he added: "It will be a real dog-fight. Droitwich have a number of former Bromsgrove players in their side and they will want to do well against us.

"I'm looking for a similar performance to the one we produced against Whitchurch for a game which I expect to played in front of our biggest crowd of the season and I urge all our supporters to get behind the side."