Wolverhampton RFC 17 - 22 Stourbridge Lions

STOURBRIDGE Lions travelled to Wolverhampton looking to gain their first away win against a side that had previously won once this season.

After six minutes it was the away team that scored first, a scrum five metres from the line came out to Scott Langdon who powered past three defenders to score a try just to the right of the posts which was converted by Tom Mitchell.

Wolverhampton played a close game and put pressure on the Lions in their 22.

Stourbridge second row Charlie Harris saw yellow as the ref lost patience with Lions' repeat offending but Wolverhampton failed to take advantage of the extra man.

Wolverhampton also had a player shown a yellow after he was deemed to have deliberately stamped on Will Trimmer’s head resulting in the Stourbridge man leaving the pitch for treatment.

On 25 minutes Richard Pennock made a break in Wolverhampton’s half and passed to Alex Jones who ran 50m for a try under the posts, another Mitchell conversion, doubled the travelling team’s lead to 14-0 at half time.

The home side started strongly from the off in the second half scoring a try and reducing the points difference to 7. Lions responded and within five minutes a hit from skipper Cass Brookes, who tackled relentlessly throughout the game, lead to Wolverhampton losing possession and Sam Wilson capitalising by running half the length of the pitch for a try in the corner.

Wolverhampton hit back with two unconverted tries to make the gap just two points with 20 minutes to go.

The hosts were awarded da penalty out wide but the decision to go for goal backfired with a missed kick and 10 minutes Later Lions extended their lead when Mitchell made no mistake his penalty attempt.

With no further scoring a Lions' big defensive performance, particularly in the first half secured their first back-to-back victories of the season.

This moves them up to 8th in the table before they take on the top two teams in the next two games after this weekend's break in fixtures.