Match Preview - Stourbridge RFC Vs Harrogate RUFC

January 15, 2016

Venue: Stourton Park

Kick Off: 3pm

Last 5 Games:

Stourbridge RFC: WWWLW - 3rd 56 Pts

Harrogate RUFC: WLLWW - 8th 39 Pts

E4R Club Partner, Stourbridge RFC, play Harrogate RUFC this weekend in National 2 North clash that could see Stour really stamp their promotion claim on the league. A victory would propel them to second, if other results went their way, specifically that of their close rivals Sedgley Park.

By mid January, the excuses of festive cobwebs are no longer justified, however given both teams performances last week, it appears both clubs’ feather duster has been and gone.

Although there may be 5 places separating these two teams, this will be no walkover. After a ropey start to the season, Harrogate RUFC have asserted themselves within National 2 North and have won 5 of their last 8 matches. It should be an explosive and entertaining game!

The last 5 fixtures between these two teams have all been won by Stourbridge and they will certainly enter the frame as favourites, given their home advantage and superior league position! They last played in September 2015 where Stour emerged the victors, winning 24-12.

The match featured some devastating attacking play from Stour in the first half, seeing them run in 4 tries and gaining a valuable BP in the process. Yet the second half was a much different story, with Harrogate enjoying most of the possession and continuously bombarding the Stour 22! It was only due to the defence remaining resolute that they only conceded one second half try and emerged from the game with what would appear a comfotable victory. !

Both Clubs enter this weekend's fixture on the back of impressive victories, with Stour beating close league rivals Caldy, whilst Harrogate won against Sandal. We’re sure Stourton Park will play host to an expectant home crowd – and although on paper this fixture may seem a little imbalanced - we all know the fantastic thing about rugby is anything can happen! 

Best of luck to both teams! 

if you're interested in heading along for the match, you can find the grounds location below! 

Photo Credit: John Slim

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