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Stour bow out with whimper.

Byline: Roger Clarke

STOURBRIDGE 14 TYNEDALE 22 STOURBRIDGE'S miserable season ended as it had begun way back in August, with a defeat at the hands of Tynedale.

Then Stour were still looking forward to the season ahead with optimism and quiet confidence but their final match was one, like the season, they would rather forget as they face up to the reality of next season in Natlional League Two after the first relegation in their history..

Director of rugby Neil Mitchell, who has been charged with mounting a challenge to return to National One at the first attempt, has already started rebuilding, but said: "It is not going to be easy. With players missing, Tynedale is the sort of level we will be playing at next season. Tynedale played a lot of young players but they wanted it more than we did."

The attitude in the home dressing room had been "let's get this over with" said Mitchell.

"Yesterday probably summed up the season. It was awful. There has been nothing positive to come out of this season apart from the development of some of the young players.

"We had one or two players who did not buy into the team ethic and you can't have that, you have to play for each other.'' Despte being at home, in the final home game of a sorry season, Stour never managed to get their noses in front after going behind to a sixth-minute try.

Aussie back row Alex Rovira levelled just before the break with a try, converted by full-back James Hearn, but the North Easterners still turned around 12-7 ahead and made it 17-7 soon after.

Hooker Liam Wordley closed the gap to 17-14 with a converted try on 46 minutes but that was the end of Stour's scoring - and the end of their 11 years in the third tier of English rugby.
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Publication:Birmingham Mail (England)
Date:Apr 30, 2012
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