Rugby

Physical Lincoln side prove too strong for Spalding RFC teens in Lincs Cup final

The talented teens from Spalding RFC under-17s were unable to end their season in style as they were beaten 12-0 in the Lincs Cup final by Lincoln under-17s. Earlier in the season, Spalding had beaten the same opposition by a healthy margin – but Lincoln had learned their lesson and kept the ball away from the dangerous Town backline with ...

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Ten-try Spalding RFC sign off season in superb style with cracking Coalville win

Spalding RFC 66 Coalville 7 Scintillating Spalding RFC saved their best performance of the Midlands Two East (North) season for last as they crushed Coalville 66-7 on Saturday to end any lingering fears of relegation. Town ran in ten tries in the Memorial Field romp – with an amazing eight of them coming in the second half – to ensure ...

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Relieved Spalding RFC captain after relegation avoided: ‘We got job done’

Relieved skipper Sam Cooke praised a professional job as Spalding RFC prevented a second successive relegation. Their 29-5 bonus-point win over Bakewell Mannerians last Saturday, coupled with closest rivals Mansfield losing to Melbourne, means that the Elephants go into this weekend’s final match of the Midlands Two East (North) season with the pressure off. It is a situation which looked ...

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Match report: How Spalding RFC staved off relegation with Bakewell win

Bakewell Mannerians RFC 5 Spalding RFC 29 Spalding RFC beat relegation with a convincing win in Derbyshire. The bonus-point win, coupled with defeat for closest rivals Mansfield, secured the Elephants’ status in Midlands 2 East (North). The good news before the match was that again the team had a settled look with only a couple of changes. Sam Cowell started in the ...

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SAFE! Spalding RFC pull off unlikely escape from relegation

Spalding RFC 1st have pulled off an unlikely feat by escaping relegation with one match to spare. A 29-5 win at Bakewell Mannerians on Saturday (April 9), coupled with defeat for Mansfield means the Elephants are safe for another season in Midlands 2 East (North). After a pretty dire campaign on the field – which looked like ending in demotion until a ...

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Skipper Sam urges Spalding RFC to finish the job by beating basement boys Bakewell

Upbeat Spalding RFC skipper Sam Cooke is hoping that his side will secure their Midlands Two East (North) status on Saturday. Town produced a titanic performance to defeat title hopefuls Ashbourne 26-19 at the Memorial Field on Saturday  – and are now three points clear of Mansfield in the race for survival. A repeat of that bonus-point win at basement ...

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Awesome Ashbourne win turns the tables for Spalding RFC in fight for survival

Spalding RFC 26 Ashbourne RUFC 19 Spalding RFC pulled off a spectacular upset on Saturday as they defeated title-chasing Ashbourne 26-19 at the Memorial Field to potentially save their season. Defeat at the Memorial Field would have all but sentenced Town to a second-successive relegation – but their Midlands Two East (North) future is now very much in their own ...

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One Hull of a showing from Spalding RFC teens at colts sevens festival

Spalding RFC’s under-17s travelled to Hull on Easter Sunday to take part in the inaugural colts sevens festival – and gave a very good account of themselves. With 12 strong sides taking part, it was inevitable that Spalding would get a tough championship group – and so it proved, with Driffield, Leigh Lions and Selby the opponents. Spalding, usually slow ...

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Spalding RFC stun title hopefuls Ashbourne to climb out of relegation zone

Spalding RFC jumped out of the drop zone as they produced a potentially season-saving performance to beat title-chasing Ashbourne 26-19 at the Memorial Field on Saturday. Skipper Sam Cooke had warned his side that they’d need to take point from all three of their remaining Midlands Two East (North) fixtures to stand a chance of staying up – and the Elephants ...

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Skipper Sam accepts that it’s now win or bust for relegation-threatened Spalding RFC

Sam Cooke reckons that Spalding RFC need to take points from all three of their remaining Midlands Two East (North) fixtures to avoid the dreaded drop. Town were dumped back into the relegation zone by Mansfield’s big 46-12 win over Bakewell Mannerians on Saturday, meaning the Nottinghamshire side now lead them by two points. The Elephants welcome title-chasing Ashbourne to ...

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Derby defeat at Stamford leaves Spalding RFC in deep trouble at the foot

Stamford RUFC 22 Spalding RFC 19 Spalding RFC are now facing an uphill battle to avoid back-to-back relegations after losing 22-19 at Lincolnshire rivals Stamford on Saturday. Tries from Chris Douglas, Tim Waltham and Ash Piccaver did at least earn Town a losing bonus point at Hambleton Road – but they now know that their fate is out of their ...

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Narrow derby defeat at Stamford leaves Spalding RFC in deep trouble

Spalding RFC’s Midlands Two East (North) survival hopes are now out of their own hands after a 22-19 derby defeat at Stamford on Saturday. Town are now three points above of the drop zone with three games to play, but their relegation rivals Mansfield – who lost 62-8 at West Bridgford – do have a game in hand. That is next weekend ...

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Cooke fears that a derby defeat at Stamford could set Spalding RFC back years

Playing rivals Stamford is always a big moment for everyone involved with Spalding RFC. But this weekend’s Midlands Two East (North) clash at Hambleton Road (2.15pm) carries extra significance, with Town desperate for points in a bid to beat the drop. The Elephants sent shockwaves through the league when they beat then leaders Stamford 25-15 at the Memorial Field back ...

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Encouraging Spalding RFC showing tainted by late West Bridgford double

Spalding RFC 7 West Bridgford 28 Spalding RFC are now just two points above the Midlands Two East (North) drop zone after suffering a 28-7 home defeat against title-chasing West Bridgford on Saturday. Town’s Memorial Field reverse allowed Mansfield to claw back a point on them following their agonising 13-12 home defeat against second-placed Dronfield, which earned them a losing ...

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Tight at the bottom as Spalding RFC are handed West Bridgford beating

Spalding RFC are now just two points above the Midlands Two East (North) drop zone after suffering a 28-7 home defeat against West Bridgford on Saturday. Town’s Memorial Field reverse allowed Mansfield to claw back a point on them following their agonising 13-12 home defeat against second-placed Dronfield, which earned them a losing bonus point. With Mansfield having a game in ...

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Time for Spalding RFC to go ‘all guns blazing’ against West Bridgford in bid to survive

Skipper Sam Cooke has told his Spalding RFC side that they are more than capable of beating Midlands Two East (North) title hopefuls West Bridgford this Saturday (2.15pm). The third-placed side will arrive at the Memorial Field in fine form, having won their past six games – including a 41-16 victory over Stamford last weekend. In contrast, relegation-threatened Spalding have ...

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In-form Spalding RFC teens enjoy big victory over Barbarians in Lincolnshire Cup

A near-flawless showing from Spalding RFC under-17s saw them defeat the Boston/Kesteven Barbarians under-17s 34-0 in the Lincolnshire Cup. There was a sporting gesture from the Barbarians before the match, as they agreed to a 12-a-side game before kick-off – with the Town squad decimated by injury. A trademark Chris Emery set up try number one, as he was felled ...

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No shock success for Spalding RFC despite strong first-half showing at Ashbourne

Ashbourne RFC 25 Spalding RFC 7 Title-chasing Ashbourne proved a little too strong for Spalding RFC on Saturday as they failed to spring a surprise result in Derbyshire. Despite leading 7-5 just before half time, Town were unable to pick up any Midlands Twon East (North) points in their bid to stave off relegation for the second successive season. The ...

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Spalding RFC unable to spring surprise as Ashbourne take the points

Spalding RFC were unable to rip up the Midlands Two East (North) form book as they slipped to a 25-7 defeat at promotion hopefuls Ashbourne on Saturday. Town, who remain three points above relegation rivals Mansfield, have now played one more game than the Nottinghamshire side – who occupy the last spot in the drop zone. The Elephants have just ...

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Cooke reckons Ashbourne trip is the toughest game of Spalding RFC’s run-in

Skipper Sam Cooke accepts that any points Spalding RFC can manage to pick up against Ashbourne will be a big bonus to their Midlands Two East (North) survival bid. Two of Town’s remaining six games this season are against the fourth-placed outfit, starting with a trip to Derbyshire this Saturday (2.15pm). Ashbourne remain very much in the title picture with ...

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