WORCESTER Raiders hit top spot in the West Midlands (Regional) Premier Division table on Saturday after a 5-1 win over Darlaston Town maintained their unbeaten start to the season.

Raiders have won five of their opening six league fixtures to begin the campaign and are now joint-top of the goalscoring charts with 21 goals.

The visitors travelled to The Paycare Ground on Saturday knowing a win would take them top and they did so in style with a clinical performance against a struggling Darlaston outfit.

Raiders flew out of the blocks and were two up after just eleven minutes thanks to a brace from goal-scoring centre-half Danny Flowers, who twice benefitted from corners to give the away side the dream start.

It got better just six minutes before the break when Luke Molloy's strike from 25 yards beat the keeper, despite his best efforts to stop the ball crossing the line.

The home side were not going down lightly and pulled a goal back just two minutes after the restart to give themselves hope of a comeback.

It took until the 70th minute for Raiders to secure the three points when a brilliant Kyonn Evans cross was tapped home from Isaac Cooper on his return to his old club.

Darlaston were reduced to ten men in the final stages and there was time for one more goal and it was substitute Eshan Greer who got himself on the score sheet to put the icing on the cake.

Raiders joint manager Chris Cornes still sees room for improvement but was overall pleased when speaking to Raiders TV after the game.

"It's always been a difficult place to play, we have had some good battles with Darlaston over the years," he said.

"We managed to score a few early on but we weren't happy with the performance at half-time, we thought we could have taken a few more chances.

"Fair play to them (Darlaston) they came out second half and started really well, caught us on the back foot with the early goal and I think that gave us the kick up the backside we needed.

"For the last 35 minutes we completely controlled the game and could have scored more but five goals and three points, it's a good performance overall."

Captain Logan Stoddart also spoke to Raiders TV and was thrilled with his side's showing;

"It was a great performance," he added.

"It's always a tough place to come and win and especially with the weather but nice to be able to go back with the three points."

Raiders will be looking to cement their place at the top next week when they face a trip to Bewdley Town on Tuesday evening.