National One: Blackheath 31 Stourbridge 33
For the second week in a row centre Charlie Hayter went over in the dying moments to grab a deserved, if unlikely, victory for Stourbridge.
With the referee’s whistle poised to blow time, high-flying Blackheath, leading 31-28, were about to go top of National League One when Hayter came up with his new-found party piece to silence the crowd.
Stour director of rugby Neil Mitchell said: “To win a game with the same player in the last play of the match again is not doing my blood pressure any good but it was an incredible game.
“It is one of the most exciting games of rugby I have ever watched and was a great advertisement for National One. Any game that produces 64 points like that is worth paying money to watch.”
Mitchell was less enthusiastic about the refereeing, particularly in the second half, when he felt his young side were treated harshly on 50-50 decisions.
“We have 18 and 19-year-olds and they don’t have the guile of older players,’’ he said.
“They weren’t infringing or cheating and there were some awful decisions.’’
Stour had led 21-14 at the break through full-back Matt WIlliams and skipper and second-row Ben Hughes, twice, with fly-half Cameron Brown converting all three tries after flanker Dave Allen had gone over for Blackheath in the sixth minute and full-back Ben Ransom kept them in touch just before the break.
Back-row James Rodley went over for a Stour bonus point with Brown again on target but the Londoners came back with Allen claiming a hat-trick and winger Tyson Lewis making it 31-28 to Blackheath – with Hayter to go.