STOURBRIDGE Lions missed out on a host of chances as they allowed Droitwich a win which secured their place in Midlands One West.

The Lions started brightly, getting into the Droitwich 22 early and having chances to go ahead but each time eagerness or inaccuracy let them down writes Jon Dews.

By contrast almost the first Droitwich attack brought an unconverted try after 15 minutes.

Again the Lions made headway but another promising foray came to nothing and the home side went further behind 12 minutes later with a converted try.

The Lions scored when a lineout and a couple of phases close to the home 22 saw Tom Mitchell’s clever chip over the defence land for Nick Mann to touch down.

Mitchell’s conversion gave the Lions hope at 7-12, but only for a minute. Droitwich gained the ball from the kick-off and almost immediately scored, courtesy of the Lions switching off.

The conversion gave them a 19-7 lead, which was only partly reduced by a Mitchell penalty for 10-19 at the break.

Droitwich took further advantage of Lions sloppiness in the first two minutes of the second half, going over for a converted try.

Six minutes later the Lions retaliated with another fine try from Nick Mann after a miss move from a lineout gave him space for another converted try.

Unfortunately, a combination of falling foul of the referee at crucial moments, coupled with sluggish defence, led to two more Droitwich tries and the mountain proved too high to climb.

The Lions persevered with a further converted try by Pennock but the damage had been done and the Lions fell short by 12 points with a final score of 36-24.