To the non-statisticians among the rugby community, Stourbridge’s start to 2011 would appear to have been wholly without redemption.
Six weeks without a victory, consecutive defeats and cancellations aplenty have seen Neil Mitchell’s men stall at the turn as they enter the back nine of what had promised to be a successful season.
Yet to say it has been without even a hint of silver lining is not entirely accurate. Even among the wreckage of Blaydon – a dispiriting 31-10 reverse played in the twilight at North East One outfit Percy Park – could be found a crumb of comfort. For Alastair Bressington at least.
The 31-year-old’s conversion of James Rodley’s try saw him become the first Stourbridge player to pass 1,000 points in club history.
And the former Gloucestershire cricketer, whose previous sporting claim to fame was catching West Indies’ keeper Carlton Baugh off Steve Harmison, whilst fielding as England’s 12th man at Old Trafford in 2004, is rightfully proud of his achievement.
“Sportsmen who say they don’t look at their stats are lying, and for me this is very pleasing,” Bressington said. “I have been picked to kick goals throughout the six seasons I have played at Stourbridge, and see it as an important part of my contribution to the team.
“Although I knew I was close to the thousand, and had passed Ben Harvey’s previous Stourbridge club record, I had lost track of exactly how many points I had until I read it in the programme.”
Bressington, who also holds Stour records for most points in a game, 35 at Westcombe Park, and most tries in a season, 19 in 2006-07, started the campaign on 939 and is currently just three tries short of Jon Hall’s club-record 50.
He hopes to continue at Stourton Park for a few more seasons and if he does can be sure of more landmarks.