HARWELL head coach Lonsdale Gayle said hard work and responsiveness were the keys to their 100 per cent league campaign.

The BB&O Championship winners recorded 22 victories out of 22 and Gayle now expects to do well in the Premnier Division.

Gayle, who joined Harwell last summer, said: “The players have worked really hard for me.

“It is a combination of that and being responsive to what is being said.

“Everyone knows it is a small club and a little bit of a whipping boy around the area.

“But it is a club with history and a welcoming one.”

Gayle also praised the contributions of new young players such as Joe Pigott, plus the leadership of captain Carl Tappin and fly half Andy Lee.

Asked whether Harwell could compete at a higher level next year, he replied: “I am quietly confident about that.”