Stourbridge Saxons in battle for National One survival

Neil Mitchell
Mitchell feels his players were still thinking about the win over Wharfedale

Stourbridge Saxons director of rugby Neil Mitchell says his team must eliminate basic errors if they are to avoid relegation from National One.

Last weekend's 33-24 loss at Rosslyn Park left the Saxons at the foot of the table despite recovering from a 22-point half-time deficit.

"To win the second half 21-9 shows it was a winnable contest, to get nothing was disappointing," Mitchell noted.

"We had talked about physicality in the first half but it didn't happen."

Second-half tries from Matt Thomas, James Rodley and Ben Hughes made for a grandstand finish, but a late Rosslyn Park try left the visitors empty-handed.

The Stourton Park-based club now face up to three fixtures against their immediate rivals to avoid the drop.

On Saturday they head to Sedgley Park, before hosting Blaydon then travelling to Barking before the end of this month.

Mitchell is set to make changes to his front row for the trip to Sedgley Park after seeing his side pushed off the ball too easily last weekend, when they also conceded too many penalties.

"The issue with the scrummage was boring in, which is a technical thing," Mitchell observed. "We have to make changes as our props lack experience."

With the bottom three set to be relegated, Stourbridge are five points adrift of safety just over a third of the way through the season.

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