Orrell 10 Stourbridge 20

Stourbridge reached a respectable ninth place in the table with a predictable victory over relegated Orrell.

But it was, for the most part, a lacklustre performance with more than a hint of end-of-season staleness.

Stourbridge strode confidently into a 17-0 lead by 37 minutes as Alistair Bressington, whose kicking from hand and ground was excellent throughout, converted two tries and added a penalty.

After eight minutes, Stourbridge centre Marcus Cook broke through the first line of defence and left-wing Martin Freeman stormed infield in support to skin home full-back Chris Glynn for the first try.

On the half-hour, Stour stole a lineout in their own 22 and scrum-half Toby Handley started and finished the second try, after an exchange of passes with right-wing Bressington.

However on half-time, Orrell player-coach Simon Mason, the former Ireland full-back, converted a penalty try awarded after he was deliberately obstructed chasing his own chip into goal.

Stourbridge were soon on the back foot after the interval. Mason kicked a penalty to cut the gap to seven points but then missed one chance and spurned several others in favour of fruitless penalty lineouts. Though his team has pace behind the scrum, they lack power and experience in the forwards.

It was only in the last minute of normal time that Bressington made the game safe with a penalty when Orrell pulled down a driving maul.