Having struggled against relegation for most of the season Walsall secured their Midlands One safety and finished the campaign with only one regret - that their good run of form had come so late.

The Delves Road side have won five of their last eight matches, after struggling to register only three successes in their first 14, a sequence worthy of a team fourth from top rather than one that finished the year fourth from bottom.

Yet they started the weekend with their level five status in serious jeopardy only to turn in one of their best displays of the season in beating Dudley Kingswinford 25-0.

The manner of the victory pleased director of rugby Arnie Evans but also left him wondering what his side might have achieved had they not got off to such a poor start.

"We have showed just what could have been," Evans said. "Judged over the last eight games we would definitely have been in the top two or three - we've shown promotion form.

"We had a lot of injuries early in the season but now we are picking from a full-strength side and recently we have shown what Walsall can do.

"We have played very good rugby in the last six weeks because we have had more of a settled side. We have been fighting for possession well, running the ball and retaining it."

Four tries and five points from the boot of fly-half Matt Wood were enough to down a team of visitors who lacked any of the desperation demonstrated by their hosts.

"It was a very, very good performance," Evans said. "Even their coach admitted they were never in the game.

"We were a side with everything to play for and DK turned up just looking to have a normal Saturday fixture."

Walsall still have chance to take something tangible from their year with a Stafford-shire Cup final against Long-ton who were relegated from North One.

Rugby Lions kept up their relentless pace at the top of the league with a 36-22 triumph over Market Bosworth.

The Webb Ellis Road side finish the year with only two losses from 22 matches and have made an immediate return to National League rugby.

For their honorary secretary, Mal Malik, 2005-06 has been a case of mission accomplished: "Our priority was to get straight back into National Three and we have done that," Malik said. "We have bottomed out now and hopefully we can have three or four years of success built around a nucleus of local players."

Prior to this year Rugby had been in freefall and suffered three consecutive demotions but Malik is certain his side are better for their time in the regional leagues.

"We go back a much stronger side," he said. "Out of the 18 who played against Market Bosworth ten were from our mini, juniors or colts. Our target is to get that up to 70 per cent while moving through the leagues."

It is a similar story for Broadstreet who return to Midlands One after claiming the Midlands Two West title and completing their season with a 55-14 win over second-placed Kenilworth.

The Coventry side have also suffered a string of relegations but bounced back and took their division by storm losing only once. For chairman Gary Watts there is a similar pride in seeing home-grown talent prove itself.

"Those youngsters that were going through turmoil a few seasons ago have come good. It's very satisfying.

"The lads have done really well and I look at our Warwickshire Cup success over Rugby as confirmation that we will do all right back in Midlands One."

Solihull and Lichfield were elevated to Midlands Two after winning their divisions.