Droitwich v Stourbridge
By Alison Holloway
A hard-fought win
Stour made the most of early pressure to score the first try against hosts Droitwich who clearly meant business on their home turf. The Stourton Park boys added another try and conversion following a break from a lineout in their own half however Droitwich got a boost when Stour were reduced to 14 men after a yellow card.
Despite plenty of pressure from Droitwich Stour’s defence held firm and a great attacking kick into space put the visitors in for a third try. A powerful move from Stour’s forwards added another converted try to leave the game looking to be a one-sided clash. Droitwich had other ideas and finally crossed the whitewash for a try to make the half time score 26-5.
The momentum remained with the hosts after the restart as they ran in for a try and a good passing move added another, with a conversion, to cut the gap to nine points. The tackling got tougher but Stour finally settled into their rhythm and the forwards crafted a try, then piled on the pressure for another. The extras from the conversion sealed the result to give Stour a hard-fought 40-17 victory.