By Brandon Reeves
It was a day to forget for Huddersfield in the West Midlands at Stourton Park, succumbing to a third defeat in three in the league as their hosts Stourbridge routed them 58-22.
Stourbridge scored an emphatic nine tries on their artificial turf to dash any immediate hopes of a top-two finish that Huddersfield harboured.
A ‘Field team depleted in number by absentees through injury, suspension and other commitments, still had their moments with the ball but had far too many times without it where they didn’t measure up.
The writing was on the wall after twenty minutes for Gareth Lewis’ charges as Stour roared into a 22-3 lead.
Gareth Simpson was the man causing Field problems early doors after his penalty kick effort.
Stour’s dangerous backs and their turn of pace would ruin the day with their running game for the visitors as they had the numbers down the right, the scrum half filling his boots with the score.
Chris Johnson kicked a penalty to get his side on the board, but Simpson was in for a second soon after which he converted himself.
Next it was the turn of Dan Rundle, explosive winger and man-of-the-match, to stick the boot in.
Field had possession inside Stour 22 but it was dropped and the home side ran it straight through Field and sending Rundle in for the finish.
Field had a spell of pressure that looked more like the side we’ve seen this season. For ten minutes they looked the more likely, had the ball in good positions and will be disappointed that all that came of it was the singular try.
Kian Stewart went close just metres before being stopped short. But they had penalty advantage and went side-to-side to wait for the gap before Lewis Workman took a dive into the corner.
Immediately after that, Huddersfield found themselves pushing for a second try before knocking on.
As the scrum turned into a penalty, Field left the back door open as Gareth Simpson made serious metres before his teammates found Rundle on the left again supplying the score.
Hope wasn’t entirely diminished yet as Tom Owen put the finish on an attack that saw a number of phases under the hosts posts. Kian Stewart cut inside with a jinking run before Owen finished it off.
Mercifully for Huddersfield there were no more scores in a first half that finished 27-15.
They even started the second half in better fashion than Stour. On the front foot they probably should have had a try in the first few minutes, but the ball was eventually knocked on again, letting the hosts off.
A spell ensued after that was uncharacteristic of the piece, where nothing happened. Something Dan Rundle saw to with haste.
Stour won a scrum inside Field 22 and quickly found Rundle bearing down on the line and scoring.
A few minutes later Rundle was in for a fourth that he didn’t have to work hard for. The ball came to him centre of the pitch and there was barely a line there to break for him, sauntering home the converted try.
Joe Green was next on the scoreboard but it turned out to be the last one for the visitors.
Field backed Stour to their line and Joe Green saw a gap and went blind before jumping between a couple of tackles for the converted score.
Five minutes after, Stour well and truly finished off their guests.
Three tries in four minutes against a side that had accepted their fate didn’t flatter Stourbridge at all.
Mark George, Joe Heatley and Luke Veebel got scores in quick succession, two of which were converted, really put the exclamation point on the score.
This result leaves Field looking more over their shoulder than ahead of them. Now ten points off of second, Sedgley and Otley are at their shoulders, waiting on any slip up.
Gareth Lewis was naturally disappointed with the way things panned out: “It was always going to be difficult with so many players missing but we know collectively that level of performance is not good enough.
“Despite having a lot of possession, we were picked off on turnover ball by a very quick back three. We’ll train hard this week and prepare for another tough but winnable game at Tynedale next Saturday.”