DUDLEY Kingswinford are the early pacesetters in Midlands One West after making it back-to-back wins to start the season.

DK followed up their derby win over Stourbridge Lions on the opening day by beating Sutton Coldfield away last Saturday.

The 28-7 success away from Heathbrook also means DK have quickly chalked up a win on the road this term - a feat that took them six away games to achieve last season.

Injury and absence disrupted director of rugby Neil Shillingford's plans ahead of kick-off but the coach was pleased with the way his side got the job done.

He said: "It wasn't the polished performance we wanted but we did have to shuffle things around due to an injury to Steph (Shillingford) and the absence of Adam Perkes. Jordan Brookes had to be moved to centre as well.

"But I think we controlled things well again. We set our stall out to get five points and we did that.

"It's quite nice to get that away win so early in the season, which was the reason we played so many friendlies away during pre-season.

"The players really seem to have the mentality that they are there to get the job done and are only focused on that."

DK will look to continue their good start when they welcome neighbours Wolverhampton to Heathbrook this Saturday (3pm kick-off).

"We want to approach it the same as we did the Stourbridge game," added Shillingford. "It's a bit of a derby clash and we know a few of their players so we just need to have the same mind set and concentrate on what we want to do."

Steph Shillingford is hoping to recover from a groin strain to feature this weekend.