EVESHAM RFC continued to push up towards top spot in Midlands 2 West (South) as they overcame appalling conditions to beat local rivals Kidderminster 22-17 last weekend.

Swirling winds and near freezing temperatures made it a testing afternoon for even the most enthusiastic rugby fan but Evesham were determined in their approach and ground out a narrow victory that sees them take second place in the league standings.

Nothing could split the sides in the first-half and it was in fact Kidderminster who went ahead but a try from Josh Sands pulled the hosts level and a penalty from each side meant it was all square at the break, 10-10.

The two sides persevered in the awful weather after the relief of 15 minutes in the sheds but it was Evesham who were able to use the elements to their advantage in the second-half.

They dominated territory and possession, spending prolonged periods in the Kiddi 22.

Harrison Walker scored early on, but a breakaway converted try for Kidderminster saw them take a slender lead at 15-17.

Evesham then laid siege to the visitor's line and after much huff and puff, Kieran Court eventually crashed over the line to secure the home side the victory.

Evesham travel to Leamington this week (December 4) and hope to consolidate their league position before a visit from the league leaders Nuneaton Old Edwardians (December 11).