A COMMITTED Hereford RFC side proved that team-work is key as they landed a blow on their Midlands 1 West top-three rivals with a 17-10 win over Kenilworth.

In contrast to last season the Wyeside is becoming a fortress and Hereford used the strength of their pack to clinch a fifth win from six games.

Team captain, Tom Ewins said: “It was a well fought game and a hard-earned win.

"We had trouble in breaking down a very good Kenilworth defence, but after kicking for territory we managed to pin them into the corner and some driving play gave us our first points.

"Tom Starkey at full back had a good game, the front five stuck to their task and Josh Bell at number eight made big carries and gained lots of yards.

"Everyone put their heart and soul into this great win for the lads. It is great to see the work done in training finally coming through, the squad is gelling well and playing as a team rather than individuals.

"Jimmy Evans, an 18-year-old debutant at scrum half had a great game, he really stepped up today.”

The Wyesiders took a sixth minute lead when they patiently went through the phases before Callum Duncan crossed the whitewash with Jimmy Evans converting.

After some heavy Kenilworth pressure on the Hereford defence, Gareth Jones was shown a yellow card and during his spell in the bin the scores were levelled before kicking a 10-7 half-time lead.

On the 59th minute Hereford regained the lead with Neil Clark pushed over from a drive and Evans added the extra points.

Hereford secured their 17-10 victory when Kenilworth were caught off-side and Evans landed a penalty from in front of the posts.