STOURBRIDGE let an early lead slip which allowed high-flying Fylde to celebrate their centenary in style.

The midlanders got of to a strong start on their visit to Lancashire with two early Dan Rundle tries, the first following a break by George Morgan down the left wing and the second with a cross field run.

Both converted by Chris Scott, however the hosts, who were marking their 100th on the day of the National League two north clash, hit back hard.

Following a Fylde penalty number 8 Dave Fairbrother scored a try under the posts on 15 minutes which was converted by the reliable Greg Smith.

Fairbrother then started orchestrating the match as some good early clearance kicking started going wrong for Stour and defensive frailties were exposed.

When Mark George was shown yellow on 29 mins it provided the impetus and opportunity for tries from Smith, Connor Wilkinson and Tom Grimes with Smith converting two out of three to make the score 26-14 at half time.

Early in the second period, Stour's Chad Thorne picked up an injury and was replaced by Steph Thorpe and hortly after Jack Lea and Chris Scott were replaced by Mike Worthington and Sam Wilson.

The visitors were enjoying good possession but struggled to break down the Fylde defence, Reece Beddows went close but was thwarted on the line.

Following a good interchange in the Fylde half another kick ahead gave an opportunity for Sam Montieri to run at the defence but was halted.

Another opportunity saw Beddows forced into touch however the good work was undone when impressive hooker Ben Gregory scored for Fylde on 65 minutes, Smith added the extras.

Play went straight to the other end for Stour to mount an attack which led to a quickly taken tap penalty.

The ball was moved wide on the right wing for Reece Beddows to score a deserved try.

Fylde hit back with a penalty and followed up with a final try for Gregory with a missed conversion, making the final score Fylde 41-19.

Stour, who now find themselves in seventh in the league, entertain Scunthorpe on Saturday.