RAMPANT Alcester ran in eight tries to overwhelm Old Wheatleyans 52-14 in Midlands Three West South.

It was Alcester's biggest win of the season to date which has taken them to within five points of league leaders Shipston.

Wheats started well but wasted a good penalty chance before Alcester began to get the scoreboard ticking over when winger Lewis Walker raced over to score with fly-half Max Biltcliffe converting.

Wheats didn't help their cause when reduced to 14 players following a sin-binning for a deliberate knock on.

Alcester were quick to take advantage, centres Jamie Hartland and Jack Green going over for tries, one of which was converted to put them 19-0 ahead.

Wheats responded with a converted try just before half time, clawing the score back to 19-7.

Boosted by that score, Wheats applied some heavy pressure early in the second half, but Alcester's defence held firm before they responded with a breakaway try by Hartland.

That was the signal for the floodgates to open as Alcester ran riot with four more tries.

Jack Green grabbed two more to complete his hat-trick before skipper Jack Horton set up the chance for Jason Donovan to score on his debut.

Scrum-half Dan Murcus completed the try scoring spree before Matt Ashby added the final points with a conversion.

Wheats did manage a second converted try, but that was little more than a consolation.

Alcester attempt to step up their title charge this Saturday when they travel to Rugby St Andrews who are directly above them in the league table.

The seconds have a home league game against Coventry Welsh seconds.