BOSS Dave King has praised Tividale's togetherness after the club secured the West Midlands Premier League title.

Tivi beat Bridgnorth 9-0 last Saturday as four goals from Demetri Brown and strikes from Darragh Bustin, Dan Smith, Matt Hunt, Jamel Fuller and sub Harvey Walker sealed promotion glory.

They couldn't add to the silverware on Tuesday night when losing on penalties in the Birmingham Mid-week Cup final against Atherstone after the clash had ended 3-3.

However, King is still in dreamland after seeing his side power to title success.

He said: "I'm absolutely delighted. To lead the table from mid-September to the end is a phenomenal achievement.

"It has been a great effort from the lads and I'm just so, so pleased for them and everyone at the club.

"We had a lot of games to play in September and October but that really set us up and gave us the platform to stay there.

"It's not easy to be out in front for so long with teams breathing down your neck but the players handled that pressure really well and showed how good they are.

"We had the disappointment of coming second last year and not going up and we wanted to put that right.

"The players stayed together and this is their reward for that.

"The offers came in and some players could have doubled or trebled their money, including myself, but we all agreed to stick together and give it another go.

"That's the pleasing thing because it's something we've been working towards for a while and the team spirit we have is very strong.

"The first season we went down but stayed loyal to a lot of the players and then we came second but stayed together and now we've won it."

On the prospect of next season, he added: "We'll need to keep improving now because the step up to the next level is a big one.

"History shows you that teams that win the West Midlands League do struggle to stay there.

"We'll be looking to strengthen and bring in some fresh faces and also to keep the squad together as well. They are a group that can still progress."

King's men still have a chance of bagging a double this season when they take on Sporting Khalsa in the semi-final of the JW Hunt Cup on May 30.