Neil Mitchell has spent the three weeks between Stourbridge's last game and their next, today's at home to Cambridge, sifting through the two score players he has in his squad, a process he's found pretty enjoyable.

So enjoyable in fact that he feels confident enough to leave two England Counties players out of his starting line-up to face a team that has not been beaten this season.

However, he has plumped for two more from the start, James Tideswell, the Counties' regular tighthead and Jim Jenner, captain for both club and country, men whom the director of rugby hopes will keep the big-spending visitors on the back foot.

Throw into the cocktail the fact that Adam Billig, potentially the best out-side centre in National Two, makes his first start and Mitchell could not be happier ahead of today's encounter.

"We have some damn good players," Mitchell said. "Knowing what we have has given me the luxury of saying to every guy in the squad that he's under pressure.

"The England Counties thing has been great for our lads. It was anything but a holiday, they had them up doing hydration tests at seven in the morning. That's not very Jenner-esque."

What is Jenner-esque, though, is the desire to send Cambridge packing today. Mitchell has been piqued by the fact the visitors' website and local press have discounted, by omission, his team as promotion challengers.

He is anxious to prove, therefore, that Stourbridge will rival Redruth, Otley and Waterloo at the top of the table and victory today would go a decent way to marking that territory.

Stour will not be helped by the fact they must start without either of their first choice fly halves with Sam Robinson due back next week and Dan Lavery likely to be available in a fortnight.

That means Rod Petty, hero of the hour at Southend when his late drop goal secured a dramatic win, will begin at ten for the second game running.