It was an entertaining affair with both sides trying to play attractive running rugby. Hereford started well with Morgan Goodall landing a penalty after 4 minutes. A few minutes later Goodall made a good looping run to set up a forward drive for Jamie Hodges to dot down for the first try. Stourbridge responded with a pair of tries, the first after prolonged pressure on the Hereford line and the second the result of some good interplay between forwards and backs which created an opening in the corner. Both tries were converted and Stourbridge retained their 10 points to 14 lead into the interval. Playing down the slope Hereford largely controlled play in the second half although the pack was given some trouble from the Stourbridge driving mauls. Hereford had a number of good chances to reduce the deficit and Sean Day made a number of good runs. From one of Day’s runs Hereford won a penalty which was landed by Jorden Sheehy to reduce the Stourbridge lead to a single point. A Hereford attack down the left flank saw the ball moved inside to Sean Day who made no mistake and touched down for a try which Sheehy converted. This gave Hereford a 6-point advantage which they defended until the final whistle. Hereford played well as a team with George Spencer, Sam Louis, Caleb Haines and John Swanson catching the eye, but the game changing players were Sean Day and scrum half Brad Down
On Friday Hereford beat Luctonians by 22 points to 12 in a Vets/3rd XV game. We registered 4 tries from former 1st team captain Jamie Bullock and three newcomers, Fijians who rejoice in the names of Ben Tui, Tex and Josh. This was a successful start to what is hoped will be a regular monthly programme of such games.
Updated 00:41 - 15 Oct 2017 by Rob Davies