Rugby

The future looks very bright at Spalding RFC

A host of Spalding RFC’s future stars were in action on Sunday as five of the club’s junior teams took on sides from Sleaford at Tyrrell’s Yard. Town’s under-7s, under-8s, under-9s, under-10s and under-12s were all doing battle, with great performances produced across the board. Spalding’s under-9s continue to dominate their age group and produced another cracking display. So far ...

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James’ dramatic late try seals Lincs double for Spalding Grammar

Spalding Grammar School’s 15-a-side rugby season came to an extremely successful end last week as both the under-14 and under-16 sides were crowned Lincolnshire Schools champions. Both teams travelled to Lincoln Rugby Club for their respective finals against the same opposition – De Aston School from Market Rasen. Kicking off slightly earlier, the under-14s started brightly as the Spalding (SGS) ...

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Williams: Spalding RFC may down, but we’re not out

Spalding RFC 5 Old Northamptonians 43 Spalding RFC’s inevitable relegation from Midlands One East was confirmed on Saturday – but coach Ben Williams was far from disappointed with what he saw at the Memorial Field. Title chasing Old Northamptonians (ON) emerged 43-5 winners to condemn Town a 22nd loss from as many games and an immediate return back to Midlands ...

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Town finally down after heavy Old Northamptonians defeat

Spalding RFC’s expected relegation from Midlands One East was confirmed on Saturday as they lost 43-5 at home to promotion-chasing Old Northamptonians. The Memorial Field defeat is Town’s 22nd from as many matches this season and leaves them 28 points shy of safety with just four matches left to play. With four matches given for a win, Town can no ...

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Williams impressed by Spalding RFC attitude as drop looms

Spalding RFC’s expected relegation from Midlands One East could be confirmed this weekend – but head coach Ben Williams insists that his side aren’t overly worried by their plight. Having lost 82-12 at relegation rivals Newark on Saturday, Town are pretty much down and out already after 21 losses from as many matches. Second-placed Old Northamptonians are the visitors to ...

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Relegation Ushers closer as Spalding RFC crumble in derby

Newark RFC 82 Spalding RFC 12 Any lingering hopes Spalding RFC had of staging a great escape in Midlands One East now look doomed after relegation rivals Newark handed them an 82-12 thrashing on Saturday. Spalding knew they had to get something from this derby of sorts, a match they went into having lost all 20 of their league games ...

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Spalding RFC slip closer to relegation trapdoor after losing basement battle

Spalding RFC’s slim hopes of beating the drop in Midlands One East took a big hit on Saturday as they were thrashed 81-12 at relegation rivals Newark. Two of the bottom three before kick off, Town had hoped to grab an elusive first victory of the campaign in a game some at the club consider a derby. Indeed, head coach ...

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Top team show from Spalding RFC’s talented teens

Spalding RFC’s under-16s stormed to an impressive 39-0 victory over Kesteven under-16s at the weekend. Tom Birdseye led by example as Town faced the wind in the first half, stealing two line-outs in succession and a powerful forward drive took play up to five metres from the posts. Quick ball was then supplied and an accurate flat pass from James ...

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Williams full of pride ahead of “must-win” Spalding RFC clash

Head coach Ben Williams admits that Saturday’s derby defeat to Market Rasen and Louth left him with mixed emotions. Club stalwart Williams concedes that he left Tyrell’s Yard in a very gloomy state of mind following the 45-7 reverse. But he considers the performance as the best he’s seen from Town so far this season – and has heaped praise ...

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It’s demolition derby for Town in 20th loss of season

Spalding RFC 7 Mkt Rasen & Louth 45 Struggling Spalding RFC reached another unwanted landmark on Saturday as they were handed a 45-7 derby defeat by Market Rasen and Louth. The crushing loss means that Town have now lost all 20 of their Midlands One East matches and remain 15 points adrift at the foot with six games to play. ...

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Spalding RFC suffer 20th successive defeat in demolition derby

Spalding RFC reached another unwanted landmark on Saturday as they were handed a 45-7 derby defeat by Market Rasen and Louth. The crushing Memorial Field loss means that Town have now lost all 20 of their Midlands One East matches and remain 15 points adrift at the foot with six games to play. It seems that only a minor miracle ...

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Derby duel is perfect stage for Spalding RFC to deliver

Confidence is high at Spalding RFC ahead of their return to action against rivals Market Rasen and Louth at the Memorial Field on Saturday (2.15pm). Town have just enjoyed a rare weekend off from Midlands One East action, but are gunning to break their duck for the season against one of their fiercest local rivals. Rock-bottom Spalding go into the ...

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Spalding RFC’s Nomads beaten despite outstanding individual displays

A man-of-the-match display from George Douglas couldn’t stop Spalding RFC’s Nomads from slipping to 25-5 defeat against Eagles Pennant League leaders Bletchley 2nd on Saturday. With Spalding’s first team afforded a rare weekend off, all eyes were on Town’s second string at the Memorial Field. For the first 20 minutes both defences were on top, but Bletchley steadily began to ...

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Sharman reveals all after ending 25-year stint with Spalding RFC

Harry Sharman has ended a 25-year stint with his beloved Spalding RFC by joining runaway National League Three Midlands leaders South Leicester – and has also revealed the real reasons behind his acrimonious axing as Town skipper. The talismanic former captain didn’t feature for Spalding in their 34-7 defeat at Mansfield last weekend as he was busy wrapping up a ...

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Spalding RFC left to rue host of missed chances

Mansfield RFC 34 Spalding RFC 7 Although there were again positives for Spalding RFC to take on Saturday, they failed to register an elusive first win of the Midlands One East season as fellow strugglers Mansfield emerged as sound winners from this basement battle. Indeed, if Spalding had any designs on winning a match this season in the league then ...

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Mansfield misery for struggling Spalding RFC

Spalding RFC slipped to another Midlands One East defeat on Saturday as they went down 34-7 at fellow strugglers Mansfield. It’s now 19 losses from as many matches for Town, who now find themselves 15 points adrift at the foot of the standings with seven games left to play. Spalding take a break from league action next weekend, with a ...

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Williams got postive vibes from Spalding RFC show

New Spalding RFC head coach Ben Williams believes that there were plenty of positives to take from Saturday’s 35-0 loss to Kettering. In what was his first match as Town chief, Williams felt that the scoreline was harsh on his side as they slipped to an 18th defeat from as many Midlands One East games. And Williams, who admits to ...

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Spalding Grammar School rugby duo race into county finals

Two rugby teams from Spalding Grammar School brilliantly booked their places in county finals last week. The school’s under-14 and under-16 sides emerged victorious in Lincolnshire League semi-finals against the same opposition – Sleaford’s Carres Grammar School. The under-14s started strongly with Henry Hoyles, playing at number eight, leading the defensive line with some very strong and accurate tackling. It ...

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Chief salutes Spalding Grammar lads despite Vase exit

Spalding Grammar School’s top under-18s rugby team saw their fantastic run in the NatWest National Vase competition come to a crushing end at the hands of King Edward VI Aston School. The strong and very well-drilled Birmingham-based side eventually overpowered the Spalding boys 52-5 in the regional final. Although the Grammar were missing a few players, Aston never let them ...

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Unwanted landmark as Spalding RFC lose mudbath

Spalding RFC 0 Kettering RFC 35 Struggling Spalding RFC conceded their 1,000th point in Midlands One East on Saturday as they slipped to an 18th loss from as many matches. High-flying Kettering picked up a 35-0 victory at the Memorial Field – and with Belgrave picking up a rare victory over Huntingdon, Town are now 14 points adrift at the ...

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