OLD Halesonians RFC remain right in contention for the Midlands One West title after a 41-7 win at Burton.

After a three week lay-off due to the weather, Old Hales were eager to hit the ground running and early pressure saw the hosts reduced to 14 men with a sin-binning.

Winger Luke Smith scored twice as the visitors made the most of their man advantage.

He then completed a first half hat-trick after flanker Tom Jordan had increased the lead.

The half concluded with a driving try by prop Tom Dempsey as Hales opened up a 29-0 lead.

Winger Joe Oxford grabbed try number six as the visitors continued to dominate after the break and Smith scored his fourth before the hosts notched a late consolation.

Old Hales, who remain a point behind leaders Worcester but with a game in hand, host Hereford on Saturday.

The second XV claimed a 41-14 home win against Droitwich.

Despite a strong start by the visitors, Hales were soon into their stride and Dan Le’neveu forced his way over for the first try of the game.

Dave Wakefield soon followed this up with a well worked try and though Droitwich then got on the scoreboard themselves, Sam Jones barged over to make it 17-7 at half-time.

Hales then enjoyed a super start to the second period as Jon Harris finished off a tremendous move and further tries followed for Andy Holloway and Alex Church.

Droitwich rallied to score a consolation try but Chris Harris ensured Hales had the final word when he scythed through the defence to round off the scoring.

Elsewhere, Jamie Leach scored twice as the fourths beat Spartans 52-0.