Another narrow and frustrating defeat for Stourbridge Lions who seem unable to maintain concentration and intensity for the full 80 mins.

We have all rewatched films knowing what is going to happen, but hoping it won't, and watching this Stourbridge side feels a little like Groundhog Day writes Jacob John.

Sprinkled with stardust, but unable to find coherent shape, Stourbridge Lions need to find the mental discipline to thrive.

It was clear that they had made changes to their pre match routine as they emerged early to make final preps that left some players a little breathless but were soon rewarded with a try after 4 minutes , following winning the ball back from kick off and building phases.

Cam Smith showed his usual verve and raw pace to beat numerous players with a trademark effort.  He followed this up with a second effort later on and seems destined for higher honours. Chapeau.

Ted Morgan scored an excellent try in an all round attacking performance that showed his array of skills and he is another danger man who can launch Stourbridge to better times.

Ultimately it was Stourbridge Lions' attacking ambition which cost them dear, when ambitious play late in the piece, from their own 22, resulted in a turnover penalty which led to the fateful line out drive and winning try.

So a losing bonus point against a top 3 team was the only scant consolation to take from a a game which begs the same old questions.

Harry Wooldridge made a welcome return and was at his abrasive best and a presence at the breakdown throughout, whilst Cattell and Westwood guided the team with aplomb and the backs were able to deliver some sweet set plays and created enough overlaps to win 2 matches.

Final score: Stourbridge Lions 15-22 Clee Hill.

Handsworth away had the feel of a 'must win' game next week.

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