Stourbridge 13, Tynedale 10

STOUR snatched an unlikely victory with the last kick of the match to keep themselves within sight of the league's early season leaders.

In what proved a surprisingly dour and error-riddled contest scoring opportunities proved at a premium for both sides.

Stour started well enough and snapped up an early try after seven minutes following a rare moment of quick thinking quality from scrum half Callum Morris.

Having camped on Tynedale's line, Stour forced a scrummage from which Morris dummied and darted over the line from close range to put his side 5-0 in front after Haisila Afeafe's conversion kick proved wide of the mark.

In what proved a stop-start affair, Tynedale, who started the gameahead of Stour in fourth place, didn't manage to make any meaningful progresss into Stour territory for the opening 22 minutes.

But Tynedale finally made their mark on 27 minutes, flinging the ball wide for winger Will Haydon-Wood to touchdown in the corner.

Stour struck back to regain the lead on 36 minutes following another close range scrum which saw rolling ball hooker Jack Lea drive himself over the line.

Yet again, the conversion attempt proved wayward as Stour led 10-5 at the break.

Tynedale squandered several potential scoring chances in the second half as the errors, coupled with wrong options continued to pile-up.

Stour thought they'd secured a third try on 66 minutes when winger Arthur Morgan raced clear - only to be called back by referee Iain Kiy for a forward pass.

Tynedale hit back and stole possession on 73 minutes for replacement Ben Blackburn to gather and stampede his way over half the length of the pitch to score what could have been the decisive try had the conversion been on target.

Credit to Stour who managed to stage a grandstand finish and force a scrummage infringement right under the Tynedale posts.

Replacement fly half Chris Scott made no mistake with the resulting penalty to seal the win.

Stourbridge: Haisila; Arthur Morgan, Heatley, Riley, Rundle; Wilson, Morris; George, Lea, Thorne; Griffiths, Murphy; Mukarati, Rodley, Montieri. Replacements: Thorp, Collingham, Samuel, George Morgan, Scott.