11:54am Thursday 28th November 2013
NEIL Mitchell will demand more of the same from his Stourbridge players this week when they make the long trip to title rivals Darlington Mowden Park.
Mitchell is under no illusions of the task ahead, especially after Mowden Park went to Leicester Lions last weekend and put over 60 points past them.
Director of Rugby Mitchell admitted: "We will be going to Darlington as underdogs. I'm predicting a very tight game between two sides who can score tries at will.
"To put 60 points past Leicester on their own ground is no mean feat as Leicester are very dogged side on their own territory.
"We will need to be at our best against Darlington, otherwise we will get beaten.
"Darlington have some serious firepower and represent a very stiff challenge and we must be 100 per cent focussed and limit them to what they can do".
Stourbridge will still be missing No.8 Chris Depper, who is recovering from an ankle injury while second row Ben Hughes is unavailable. But both Robbie Hurrell and Niles Dacres have been declared fit to take their place in the pack.
The pair featured in Stourbridge's nine try spree against local rivals Luctonians where the Stourton Park side chalked up an impressive 57-12 success.
Stourbridge came flying out of the traps to score within two minutes, fly half Gary Dipple going over for a try which Jamie Hearn converted.
Luctonians were left wondering what had hit them as Stourbridge snapped up four more tries within the next half hour as flanker Ejike Uzoigwe, second row Dacres, scrum half Pete White and centre Ben Barkley all breached the Herefordshire side's defence with Hearn converting the lot.
There was one blemish when Luctonians full back John Morris was allowed to scamper over for a try on the stroke of half time to make the score 35-5.
But Stourbridge continued where the left off after the break, winger Nathan Bressington bagging a couple of tries and setting up Ben Hughes for another, while Pete White plundered his second try as well.
Luctonians, who spent 20 minutes of the second half reduced to 14 players as a result of yellow cards, did manage a second try through Drew Cheshire which Tom Jones converted.
Mitchell added: "It was a good consistent performance which is what we asked for, although we did get a little carried away at times.
"Overall, I was very pleased, but we have to stick to the game plan, especially at Darlington".
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