Whitchurch head coach Scott Sturdy believes his side showed they are a good team in the style they dispatched old Halesonians in the Midlands 1 West on Saturday.

Sturdy's men had experienced defeat for the first time in six games against Newbold-on-Avon in the previous week but worked hard to defeat their near rivals in the league at Edgeley Park.

The Reds coach admitted he was delighted with the response he received from his men.

"Good teams do not lose two games in a row, so it was important to bounce back if we're going to give ourselves a chance of finishing in the top three," said Sturdy.

"The week before, we had a tough, physical game, and we wanted to make sure there was no hangover from that.

"We weren't at our best, but it was a decent performance, and you've got to be happy to put 30 points past a team that started the day in fifth.

"It was a good, entertaining game, both sides trying to play rugby, but we had three or four other good chances which we should really have finished which would have taken us up to the 50 point mark."

The Reds now have a weekend off, before making the March 2 trip to arch rivals Stoke who have scored more than 40 points in each of their last two home outings.