STOURBRIDGE suffered their sixth defeat of the season as they were beaten 15-10 at third-placed Huddersfield.

For the few hardy supporters who made the trek, reward was given in the first sightings of two young players on dual registration from Worcester and Wasps.

Callum Morris started at number 9 whilst James Seabrook benched but made an appearance in the last quarter.

The hosts broke the deadlock after 17 minutes after a clever chip turned the Stour defence onto the back foot and lively full back Tom Hodson latched on to a loose ball to score out right but only just managing to dot down before it crossed the dead ball line.

Stour were soon back in the action but a penalty lineout on their opponents’ 22m line was not straight and it was back to square one.

Soon after, a Chris Johnson speculative kick ended in the hands of an isolated Joe Heatley who was penalised for holding on and Johnson stroked over the penalty on the 25-minute mark.

The remainder of the half remained scoreless but did see George Morgan leave the pitch with a nasty groin injury and a 35 metre Stour penalty go wide of the sticks.

The second half soon ignited when referee Ben Davis showed a card to Chad Thorne. Unlike last season when Davis mistakenly gave Chad a red card, this one was yellow following an off the ball incident.

Huddersfield stole ball from the back of a Stour ruck inside the hosts’ 22m line. Unlike the Stourbridge forwards, scrum half and nearby supporters, Davis thought the ball had come out and allowed play to continue.

Both sides then had opportunities but it was Huddersfield who took advantage of their numeric advantage when they broke out of their own half on 52 minutes and industrious flanker Lewis Bradley crossed for the second try of the game and a simple conversion by Johnson stretched the lead to 15-0.

After a frustrating and prolonged period of scrum resets, breakdowns and 'held up' calls, Stour were able to release the ball and a long pass to number 14 Mark Harrison saw his speed and running line take him over for a well worked five points, converted by Rickie Aley.

Stour bagged a bonus point with a late Aley penalty but it came too late for them to threaten for victory.

Stourbridge will now welcome seventh-placed Sedgley Park to Stourton Park as they look to return to winning ways.