Launceston 20 Stourbridge 7
Stourbridge returned emptyhanded from Polson Bridge - far from the first team to do so - despite a battling performance that deserved, but ultimately did not get, at least a bonus point in defeat.
Injuries to Cameron Mitchell, Lee Crofts and others meant enforced changes and wholesale positional switches by Stourbridge, both up front and behind, with a new centre pairing of Mark Eastwood, back from a spell at Malvern, and debutant Ryan Watkins, on loan from Worcester Academy.
Facing a strong wind which hampered kicking all afternoon, they were caught cold in the fourth minute when swift handling created a try for left-winger Andy Machett, superbly converted from the edge by Tony Yapp.
For the rest of the first half, Stourbridge had the lion's share of possession and territory but several penalty attempts were blown astray and they were struck an important blow on the stroke of half-time which flattered Launceston on the balance of play.
Home full-back Andy Birkett's fine break created Machett's second try yet, one minute after the interval, Stourbridge were right back in contention, at 12-7 down as slick inter- passing between full-back Marcus Cook and flanker Tom Jordan made the opening for winger Jon Hall to go behind the posts.
Duncan Hughes added the extra points, Yapp replied with a simple 50th-minute penalty goal when Stourbridge got offside straight in front and thereafter the visitors, despite the benefit of the elements, were under pressure but defended superbly.
In the closing stages Stourbridge were pressing hard, but in vain, for the converted try that would still have earned a bonus point.
Crucial damage had already been inflicted, however, in the 70th minute.
For the second time in three matches, captain and prop Virgil Hartland was yellow-carded.
In his absence, Launceston wheeled an attacking scrum against Stourbridge's sevenman pack, taking defenders away from the blind side, where they sent over rightwinger Nigel Simpson.