STOURBRIDGE lost out to lowly opposition with an away defeat at Huddersfield in testing conditions.

The hosts, who had previously only won twice in the league this season, made the best of the muddy playing surface to bag a bonus point win although Stourbridge were first to score with a Chris Scott penalty after three minutes.

Huddersfield hit back with tries from scrum-half Joel Hincliffe and Nick Sharpe but suffered a blow when flanker Liam Parfitt was sin binned.

Stourbridge levelled when Nigel Mukarati smashed his way over for a try and Scott added the extras.

Referee Dan Woods punished dissent from the visitors by marching them back ten metres after a penalty award.

Another penalty proved even more costly when a driving maul set up man-of-the-match, Liam Stapley, with a well-deserved converted try taking the hosts into half time and a seven point lead.

Five minutes after the restart Huddersfield's captain Richard Piper bagged the bonus point after another successful rolling maul move.

The score galvanised Stourbridge whose scrum took control for the following 30 minutes and the points began to flow.

A penalty lineout and slick passing found Afe Haisila who made the most of his pace after creating space to run in for a converted try while hooker Jack Lea used his power to crash over for another converted try.

However momentum was lost when the visitors conceded a scrum on halfway and moved left for winger Kian Stewart to charge over for a try with under five minutes left.

Stour piled on the pressure and were awarded with a penalty in front of the posts.

They opted for a scrum and were rewarded with a penalty try after the referee lost patience with Huddersfield's efforts to wind down the clock.

However it was too late for further scoring and the game finished Huddersfield 32-31 Stourbridge.

The result leaves Stourbridge sixth in National League Two North, next Saturday they entertain Tyndale who are fourth.

Stourbridge director of rugby Neil Mitchell will be hoping for the return of players Nick Murphy, Joe Collingham, Joe Heatley, Reece Beddows, Noah Heward, Callum Morris and Mike Worthington.