Stourbridge 20 Nuneaton 22
Nuneaton shaded the derby between the only two Midland clubs in National Two and condemned Stourbridge, who started the season with four straight wins, to a second narrow home defeat in successive weeks.
Stourbridge made a quick start to go 10-0 ahead after 15 minutes before getting sucked into a forward battle for an hour, mostly in their own half, when Nuneaton scored 19 unanswered points.
Then Stour regained control in the late stages, recovering to lead by one point before Gareth Cull won the game with his sole penalty success from a mere 20 yards.
However, there was still ten minutes of injury time to come and Stourbridge, constantly attacking, missed three seemingly clear-cut running chances to score  Lachlan Porteus, Alistair Bressington and captain Nick Baxter being the unfortunate culprits.
Diving over the line alongside the posts, Porteus spilled the ball forward, Bressington put a toe in touch five yards out as he raced over and with the last act of the game, Baxter dropped a long overlap pass from Sam Robinson.
For Nuns in the first half, Lee Parry had likewise dropped the ball forward in goal as he dived to ground the ball and there were similarities too in each side having a player yellow-carded for deliberate technical offences.
However, there were contrasting outcomes in the two ten-minute absences. While Porteus was off, Cull hit a post with the resulting penalty, and two minutes later Bressington landed one to put Stour 10-0 up.
When Tristan Prosser-Shaw was sin-binned in the second half, Stour profited to the tune of seven points as Bressington converted his own try in the right corner from quick recycling of ball after the ensuing penalty lineout drive.
Contrast also the rivals' goalkicking fortunes: Bressington succeeded with four out of four, converting Stour's other try and adding two penalties for a tally of 15 points while Cull had the mortification of striking the woodwork a second time.
Matt Williams scored the first Stour try in the eighth minute, bursting into his back line following an initial burst through the defence by Mark Eastwood.
Prolific teenager Parry atoned for his earlier slip on the stroke of half-time, opening Nuns' account by squeezing into the left corner from a feed by John Munro as constant visiting pressure told.
That heavy pressure also resulted in a penalty try for Nuns, converted by Cull, six minutes after the interval when Stour entered a receiving penalty lineout drive from the side on their line.
Five minutes later, fed from a ruck 20 yards out, England counties cap Munro strode unmolested to the line for nuns' third try, cull converting to set up the dramatic finale.
STOURBRIDGE: Williams; Bressington, Porteus, Eastwood, (Cook, 70), Baxter; Robinson, Richardson; Sturdy, Merritt, Tideswell (Fowles, 61-70); Dean, Homer (Walton, 54); Witcomb (Gerry, 66), Jordan, Jenner. NUNEATON: Lowdon; Owens, Brocklehurst, Prosser-Shaw, Parry; Cull, Wright (Thoams, 73); Davis, James (Bray, 61), Bolton; Hall, Jones; Southwell (Howgate, 55), Munro, Shaw.
Referee: Terry Hall (Gravesend).