Rugby

Spalding RFC skipper Sam targets consolidatory campaign

New Spalding RFC skipper Sam Cooke admits that this season is all about consolidation for his side. One of the best periods in Town’s history came to an abrupt end last year, when the successful team broke up and suffered a torrid time of it in Midlands One East. Relegation to Midlands Two East (North) followed, but Spalding have been ...

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Harry’s derby double isn’t enough for Spalding RFC

Stamford 27 Spalding RFC 10 Two comeback tries from Harry Sharman couldn’t stop Spalding RFC soundly losing an early-season NLD Cup clash with Midlands Two East (North) rivals Stamford on Saturday. Former skipper Sharman, who played at openside flank, was one of a number of new additions to the Town squad to feature – including Kier Moore’s first outing for ...

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Spalding RFC leave it late to win dramatic Lincs Cup opener at Kesteven

Kesteven 10 Spalding RFC 12 Revitalised Spalding RFC got their season under way with a sensational last-minute win over hosts Kesteven in the Lincolnshire Cup on Saturday. Trailing by five points with seconds to play, Ash Piccaver broke through the cover defence on the five-metre line, crossed the try line and ran behind the posts to present James West with ...

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Sharman’s return adds to feel-good factor at Spalding RFC after productive summer

Decorated former captain Harry Sharman is back with Spalding RFC as they prepare for their first competitive game of the new season at Kesteven on Saturday (3pm). Sharman ended a 25-year stint with boyhood club Town in February when he left to join National League Three Midlands leaders South Leicester. He left under something of a cloud, having been stripped ...

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Newly-formed Baa Baa’s aim to boost girls’ rugby in Lincolnshire

By Sarah Charlotte Drew For years, coaches and clubs have been scratching their heads looking for the answer in how to increase girls’ participation in rugby. Lincolnshire teams have struggled to get full teams or even enough numbers to make training sessions worthwhile. Newly-created “hub”, the Lincs Baa Baa’s, could hold the answer. The Lincs Baa Baa’s will be an ...

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At last! Spalding RFC end torrid season with elusive win

Belgrave RFC 18 Spalding RFC 23 It’s been a season to forget for Spalding RFC in Midlands One East – but they ended it on a positive note with their first victory in almost a year on Saturday. Having lost all 25 of their previous league games this campaign, victory at fellow relegated side Belgrave at least saw Town avoid ...

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Spalding RFC conclude wretched campaign with elusive victory

Spalding RFC avoided the unwanted accolade of going an entire league campaign without a win as they triumphed 23-19 at Belgrave on the final day of the season. Town’s Saturday success ends a run of 25 Midlands One East defeats on the bounce – and is their first competitive win since seeing off Newbold on Avon in a promotion play-off almost ...

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No home comforts for for struggling Spalding RFC

Spalding RFC’s lengthy losing streak in Midlands One East continued on Saturday as they were crushed 72-10 by Bedford Athletic in their final home game of the season. Josh Broome and Sam Cooke went over for tries for Town at the Memorial Field, but the visitors ran riot with 11 scores of their own. That makes it 25 defeats from as many ...

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Spalding RFC chasing elusive win on home finale

Spalding RFC welcome Bedford Athletic to the Memorial Field on Saturday (3pm) in their final home game of the Midlands One East campaign. Already-relegated Town, who have lost all 24 of their league games to date, are hoping to get that elusive first win in front of their loyal home supporters. It won’t be easy, however, with Bedford arriving in ...

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No home comforts for beleagured Town after big Bedford beating

Spalding RFC 10 Bedford Athletic 72 Spalding RFC’s lengthy losing streak in Midlands One East continued on Saturday as they were crushed 72-10 by Bedford Athletic in their final home game of the season. The Memorial Field mauling makes it 25 defeats from as many games for already-relegated Town this campaign. Ash Piccaver was back at lock for Spalding, with ...

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Talented teens help put Spalding RFC on the map

Spalding RFC’s talented under-16 side gave a great account of themselves at the annual youth rugby festival in Bournemouth. Town’s teens were in a group with Bournemouth, Kent county champions Sidcup and Windsor in what was a round robin style tournament. First up was a showdown with Windsor, a game played amid driving rain and gusty winds. In the dire ...

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Struggling Spalding RFC smashed as Syston seal title

Syston RFC 100 Spalding RFC 5 Downtrodden Spalding RFC were hit for a century of points as Syston wrapped up the Midlands One East title in style on Saturday. In truth, the outcome of this match was never in doubt – just the margin of an expected success for Syston, who eased to the bonus-point victory that was required to ...

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Spalding RFC suffer crushing defeat at leaders Syston

Saturday proved another day to forget for Spalding RFC as they were handed a huge 100-5 reverse by  Midlands One East leaders Syston. Rock-bottom Town were always massive underdogs against at side that started the day 99 points ahead of them – and so it proved. It’s now 24 losses from as many matches for Ben Williams’ side, with the ...

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There’s still no quit in defiant Spalding RFC chief Ben

Head coach Ben Williams is refusing to get too downbeat despite the latest setback in Spalding RFC’s testing season. Saturday’s 53-19 loss at Paviors, one of the weaker sides in Midlands One East, made it 23 losses from as many matches for already-relegated Town. Although he hates losing, the club stalwart was impressed with some of Town’s offensive play. But ...

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Seven-up rugby success for Spalding Grammar School

Spalding Grammar School’s under-15 team produced three excellent performances to win the South Lincolnshire Rugby Sevens competition. Played at Spalding’s Memorial Field, Grammar’s opposition were Thomas Middlecott Academy, The Deepings School and Haven High Academy from Boston. Spalding’s first game against Deepings was an end-to-end encounter and went down to the wire. Grammar needed a late try from Chris Maxwell, ...

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Talented teens give Spalding RFC reason for hope

Paviors RFC 53 Spalding RFC 19 Spalding RFC’s search for a first win of the Midlands One East season drags on for another week after they went down 53-19 at Paviors on Saturday. Already-relegated Town have now lost all 23 of their league games this season and are facing up to the prospect of going an entire campaign without registering ...

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Paviors pile on more misery for winless Spalding RFC

Spalding RFC’s search for a first win of the Midlands One East season drags on for another week after they went down 53-19 at Paviors on Saturday. Already-relegated Town have now lost all 23 of their league games this season and are facing up to the prospect of going an entire campaign without registering a success. They have three games ...

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Rueful Williams disappointed by Spalding RFC forfeit

Head coach Ben Williams has expressed his dismay after seeing Spalding RFC concede their Lincolnshire Senior Cup quarter-final at Scunthorpe on Saturday. Town, who were always outsiders against National League Three MIdlands opposition, were unable to raise a side due to injury and unavailability. A veteran of many seasons with Spalding RFC, the idea of forfeiting a game doesn’t sit ...

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Four Castle tries in big win for Spalding RFC under-16s

Spalding RFC under-16s roared to a dominant 50-17 success at Scunthorpe under-16s on Sunday. The first half proved very scrappy, but Town’s teens went ahead when a scrum won against the head saw Hal Whyatt pick up and find Mark Hendy, who took the pass to squeeze into the corner. Adam Castle converted superbly. However, some paper thin tackling by ...

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Epic effort steers Spalding Grammar to county rugby crown

Spalding Grammar School’s under-12 team are county kings after winning the Lincolnshire 12-a-side tournament. One of 12 teams at the competition, Spalding (SGS) were drawn in Pool A – and progressed relatively comfortably. Victories against Havelock, Priory LSST and Cordeaux all built momentum, with the biggest challenge of the group a pointless draw against QEHS. The final pool game required ...

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