EVESHAM Rugby Club jumped two places to eighth in Midlands Two West (South) following a confidence-boosting 28-12 home victory over Southam.

A combination of solid defence and effective counter-attacking play saw Evesham ease to a 15-0 lead at half-time with tries for Fred Hopper and Ashely Icke.

Tom Williams converted one try and added a penalty before the break.

Southam fought back in the second half with two tries but Williams capped a fine performance at outside-half for Evesham, securing victory with two further penalties and a converted try all of his own making.

A revitalised Evesham now prepare for the visit of league leaders Kenilworth on Saturday (2.15pm).

Meanwhile, Bredon Star drew 27-27 at home to fellow strugglers North Bristol in Gloucestershire One.

Second-from-bottom Star visit fifth-placed Old Colstonians on Saturday.

Pershore return to action on Saturday at home to Kings Norton in Midlands Four West (South).