BROMSGROVE were given a real run for their money before scraping a slender 6-5 win over Derbyshire based Melbourne in Midlands West One.

The results leaves Bromsgrove hanging onto the coat tails of leaders Dudley Kingswinford and Burton - but it was a close run affair with Melbourne.

Two well-struck penalties from scrum half Adam Whiteman eventually secured the win and Bromsgrove head coach Dan Protherough admitted he was relieved to record a victory.

Protherough said: "It was a dour contest at times, but Melbourne really faced up to us in the first half. They worked extremely hard and could have snatched victory at the death.

"Obviously it was disappointing not to get a bonus point, but in truth, we weren't good enough to score four tries. We weren't clinical enough when we had the chance and I was just grateful to get away with the win.

"We played some good rugby up until we reached Melbourne's 22, but then we just kept on spilling the ball."

Protherough was more impressed with the fact he brought in several home grown players to face Melbourne.

Colts skipper Kai Douglas stepped in at fly half, while Cameron McCann and Matt Tranter also featured having progressed through the club's mini and junior sections.

Equally impressive was the fact Bromsgrove managed to field five senior sides on Saturday in addition to a Colts XV on Sunday.

Bromsgrove bid to continue their promotion push this Saturday when they travel to Wolverhampton.