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Dudley-Kingswinford struggling at wrong end of the table after suffering home loss

Dudley-Kingswinford sit second from bottom in rugby’s National League 2 West after falling to a 31-14 home defeat against Camborne on Saturday.


DK have lost six of their opening seven games and made the worst possible start with tries from Christopher Heazelton, George Edson and Alexander Ducker giving the visitors a healthy lead at the break.

Tries in quick succession from Jago Sheppard and Jordan Nicholls immediately after the restart put the contest out of DK’s reach, before James Ryan and Thomas Walker provided two late consolation’s.

Stourbridge are locked on 31 points with Oxford Harlequins at the top of the Regional 1 Midlands after winning 32-24 on the road against Stoke on Trent.

There were victories in the Regional Two Midlands North for both Walsall and high-flyers Lichfield.

Lichfield extended their lead at the top to five points with a 33-10 home triumph over Newark.

Walsall are up to fifth after running out 22-16 winners at Mellish, although Wolverhampton’s struggles continued as they were handed a 34-5 crushing by Tamworth.

Wolverhampton sit second from bottom in the table and are still winless after seven games.

Kidderminster registered back-to-back wins in the Counties One Midlands West (North), after emerging with a 44-24 victory from their trip to Harborne.

Harvey Kelsall, John Barratt, Jack Dayus, Thomas Dalton, George Tildesley, Malcolm Herbert and Jake Perks were the try scorers on the day for a rampant Kidderminster.

Elsewhere, Burntwood were handed an 18-12 defeat at Camp Hill to leave them in fifth, and Stafford were condemned to two defeats on the bounce with a 22-12 loss at home to Telford Hornets.

The bottom-end tussle in the Counties Two Midlands West (West) saw Rugeley heap further misery on rock bottom Handsworth with a 58-33 home victory.

Rugeley remain second from bottom but increased the gap between themselves and winless Handsworth to 10 points.

Meanwhile, Stourbridge Lions edged a tight affair with a 29-25 triumph over Bridgnorth Bulls.

Walsall II drew 34-34 with Woodrush in the Counties Two Midlands West (East) to end a wretched run of five straight defeats.

In the Counties Three Midlands West (North), Aldridge defeated strugglers Stone 39-32 to leave them second from bottom.

Essington are just one point off the summit in the Counties Four Midlands West (North) after beating Stoke on Trent II 45-20.

Wednesbury sit just one point behind them in third place following a 19-7 win at Erdington.

Bloxwich also collected a 26-20 win on their travels against Linley courtesy of tries from Scott Stokes, Richard Geary, Leon Hodgkiss and Ashleigh Corrington.

Burntwood II prevailed 22-15 over Whittington, and are locked on 20 points with Bloxwich, who are just four points adrift of league leaders Burton III.

In the Counties Four Midland West (South), Warley are level on points with Upton-on-Severn at the top of the table, and were victorious again as they narrowly defeated Redditch 19-17.

Warley have won six matches in a row since losing their opening fixture against Birmingham Exiles at the start of September.