BEWDLEY Town continue to track the West Midland League Premier Division leaders after pulling off an impressive 5-2 success over Wem Town.

Simon Rudd stole the show with a hat-trick but Bewdley spokesman Steve Godfrey insisted: "It would be unfair to single anyone out as they all played well."

Rudd headed home from an Ollie Mulders corner after just six minutes before Wem levelled through Jordan Batchelor.

Bewdley were back in front again within two minutes when Russ Godfrey headed another Mulders corner against the post and Sam Parmenter slammed home the rebound.

Once again, Wem hit back when Jim Astley converted but from that point Bewdley took control.

Mulders restored Bewdley's advantage from the penalty spot after Jason Wellings had been brought down before Rudd netted his second goal from a Tom Smith cross.

Rudd completed his hat-trick when taking over from Mulders to score from the penalty spot after substitute Luke Sidaway had been scythed down.

Steve Godfrey added: "It's getting very tight at the top with only a few points separating third to ninth place."

Godfrey also pointed to the recent arrival of central defender Ben Priest from neighbours Stourport Swifts and said: "He's made a big difference and given us all-round cover."

Bewdley have climbed to fifth place as a result of their victory over Wem but their progress will be tested this Saturday when they travel to Wednesfield who have dropped below them owing to their defeat at top of the table Tividale.