Stour hope to have turned corner with first home win

Tommy Richardson
Tommy Richardson's first-minute try set up Stourbridge for victory

Stourbridge director of rugby Neil Mitchell hopes his team have turned the corner after claiming their first National One home win of the season.

A late penalty try earned a 23-20 win over Wharfedale at Stourton Park.

"The win was sweet, but that's only the start," said Mitchell. "The season starts here.

"We now have two bus journeys away - what I would term proper team days - to Rosslyn Park and Sedgley Park and we will go with some confidence."

Victory over Wharfedale lifted Stourbridge off the foot of National One, but Mitchell is well aware that they are set for a sterner test against sixth-placed Rosslyn Park this Saturday (5 November, 1430 GMT).

"They had a tough fixture against Coventry last week and will have picked up some knocks and bangs," said former Moseley forward Mitchell.

"I like away games. The impetus is that we throw everything at these next two, with a little bit of a buffer now we're off the bottom."

Winger Jamie Hearn was influential against Wharfedale, kicking 13 points on his return on loan from Moseley. But it was the forward play that caught Mitchell's eye.

"They were excellent," said Mitchell, "with Ben Hughes and the entire back row just outstanding.

"I had some very personal conversations with players leading up to the game. We knew we had to front up to Wharfedale and it happened.

"We still made mistakes but it was a concerted effort and I was very proud of the lads."

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