DUDLEY Kingswinford will return to Midlands One West action this Saturday looking to cut the gap to their promotion rivals.

Fourth-placed DK will travel to second-from-bottom side Longton on the same weekend that second-placed Newbold host third-placed Whitchurch.

The fixtures hand Neil Shillingford's men the opportunity to make ground on those above them should they get their job done in the Potteries.

The director of rugby at Heathbrook said: "Looking at the fixtures and how the permutations are going forwards it means that the door is still open for us.

"Yes, we're dependant on other people to do things for us but we're still in with a chances if it works out, especially with Newbold still to come to us.

"We will concentrate on ourselves but it's still an important week because of Whitchurch and Newbold playing each other.

"You'd probably want Whitchurch to win it but without the bonus point.

"Those bonus points are going to be vital and that's what we'll be chancing at Longton this weekend.

"Longton have improved since we played them earlier in the season so we'll have to make sure we don't take our eye off the ball.

"Where they play it can be tricky if the wind and rain gets up.

"We didn't train last week because of the freezing conditions but we should be able to get two good sessions in this week and we'll be ready to go."

DK will host Malvern a week later, which falls on the same weekend that leaders Bromsgrove host Newbold.

Shillingford has no new injury concerns ahead of Saturday. Only Aaron Hudson remains sidelined after suffering from concussion.