The visitors started the faster in this encounter racking up two early tries from a sustained period of early pressure to take a 12 point lead.
The V’s gave themselves a talking to and following a period of pressure of their own, they played out wide to allow Winger Ryan Prestridge to cross in the corner. A few minutes later they repeated the same dose and Prestridge beat 5 opposing defenders to cross in the same corner. Harry Griffiths slotted the conversion from the touchline to level the scores.
Stourbridge though came back into the came and forced a penalty in front of the posts which was duly converted. They pressed from the ensuing kick off as well, to score in the corner and take an 8 point lead.
The V’s however came back and following a quick tap penalty Back Row Matt Turner, surged towards the line, only to be held up just short, however he was able to off load very smartly to 2nd Row Pete Sullivan to crash over from short range, this was also converted by Griffiths to make it a one point game at the half.
The 2nd period was a very tense affair, with both sides exchanging periods of pressure, but defences holding firm. The crucial moment came with around 20 minutes to go, the V’s front row of Murch, Godson and Hayes dominated a Stourbridge scrum to turn the ball over, which again went quickly to Prestridge on the wing, who as caught just before the line, but was quick enough to unload to the on rushing Luke Armstrong who forced his way over the line for what was the decisive score.
The last 10 minutes was very tough with Stourbridge putting every effort in trying to force a win, however, James Cotterill on his debut made a heroic tackle on the touch line to save the game for the home side and this was made certain when 2nd Row Jack Ward forced a turnover penalty to allow the final moments to be played out.