LEDBURY RFC put the pressure on league leaders Cheltenham North after they beat Evesham 31-17 to move to second in Midlands Three.
But they were made to work hard for the victory as the visitors battled hard before Ledbury eventually ran out deserved winners at Ross Road on Saturday.
Despite having the advantage of the slope and the wind in the first half, the hosts struggled to impose themselves on Evesham, who added to their frustration by scoring the opening try on 17 minutes.
But as the half wore on, Ledbury began to turn possession into points as wing Matt Hallett finished off a fine handling move to score under the posts, which George Bennion duly converted.
Flanker Elliot Bee added a second try with five minutes to go before the break as Ledbury appeared to be taking control of the encounter.
But it was Evesham who completed the scoring in the first half with a try to boost their chances of claiming an away victory.
However, the home side responded as tries from Hallett and Bennion in the opening 15 minutes of the second period gave Ledbury a 24-10 lead as well as a try bonus point.
Evesham never gave up as they hit back with their third try of the afternoon, but Ledbury cemented victory when skipper Tom Houlbrook burst through to set up Dan Watkins for the score, which Bennion converted.
Ledbury will be keen to maintain their fine start to the season when they visit Kings Norton on Saturday.