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Rugby League: Bressington saves the day for Stour.

WHARFEDALE 12

STOURBRIDGE 13

STOURBRIDGE managed to hang on for a hard-fought victory at Wharfedale to keep them in touch with the leaders.

Threshfield, near Skipton, is one of the most picturesque rugby grounds in the country, set in the dramatic Yorkshire Dales, but there was nothing pretty about a match that never quite got into gear.

Stour seemed to be in control without setting the match alight.

But it was the home pack who opened the scoring, driving Dave Clements over approaching the quarter-hour mark. Mark Bedworth added the kick.

Stour were level on the half-hour, albeit thanks to a penalty try which was converted by Ali Bressington. With Stour down to 14 men after a yellow card the home pack did the business again, driving over Philip Peel.

Crucially though the kick was missed and two late Bressington penalties saw a 12-7 deficit become a 13-12 Stour lead.

Stour then resisted two Bedworth penalty attempts and a couple of desperate drop chances in eight minutes of added time.

A small consolation for the Yorkshire side is that the losing bonus point moved them up to sixth in National Two.
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Publication:Birmingham Mail (England)
Date:Oct 15, 2007
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