Wharfedale 26 Stourbridge 30
Stourbridge maintained their topsy-turvy habit of achieving success on their travels and remaining in the top half of the table while still failing to record their first league win at home in 2005.
They ended last season in seventh place courtesy of fine away form and sit in the same position after a fourth victory in five trips this campaign, a game where all but six of the 56 points were scored at one end.
With first use of a strongish breeze down The Avenue's slope, Stourbridge built a 27-3 half-time lead before having to endure Wharfedale ' s spirited late fightback.
Mark Bedworth drew first blood for Wharfedale with a seventh-minute penalty, but Stourbridge quickly responded, fly-half Duncan Hughes setting up with a neat break and converting a try by centre Marcus Cook.
Next, in the 18th minute, Hughes converted his own try after he had weaved 50 yards to avoid faster pursuers, having intercepted a floated home pass near halfway.
In the process, he had pulled a leg muscle and had to retire, causing the switch of Cook to fly-half and the introduction of replacement Cameron Mitchell at centre, where he soon made his own mark.
When Stourbridge ran possession from a five-metre line-out, he sliced through the defence for a try, converted it and, with his forwards dominant and Cook
kicking well for possession, added two penalties before half-time.
Bedworth began chipping away at the lead with two penalty successes early in the second half and another just after the hour, whereupon Stourbridge prop and captain Virgil Hartland was yellowcarded for entering a ruck from the side.
In his absence, home fly-half Andrew Baggett found a gap for a try, which Bedworth converted to reduce the lead to eight points, but Mitchell added a third penalty goal.
It was four minutes into stoppage time when Bedworth converted replacement scrum-half John Newton's try from a close-range ruck.