Rugby

Playing days of new Spalding RFC head coach Williams numbered

The playing career of new Spalding RFC head coach Ben Williams could be over. His appointment as replacement for Andy McMahon coincided with surgery on a knee, which – if he heeds the advice of medical staff – means his days at scrum-half/number 8 are numbered. The 35-year-old Town stalwart said: “I’m gutted. It’s what I have been doing forever. ...

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RUGBY: Spalding RFC Under-16s win well against Derby in NLD Cup

Spalding RFC Under-16s had a superb 57-12 win over Derby on Sunday in round three of the NLD Cup group matches. Spalding racked up a 38-7 lead at half-time and ran in three further tries in the second half. A team spokesman said: “A convincing scoreline and some excellent combination and support play should give some confidence after what has ...

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RUGBY: Spalding Grammar into last 16 of national competition

Spalding Grammar School reached the last 16 of the NatWest Under-18s Vase competition after beating St Albans’ Beaumont School 23-12. It is that first time in recent history that the school have made the regional final and consolidates yet another rugby season for the school teams. The win sets up another away trip – to King Edward VI School Aston ...

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RUGBY: Spalding RFC appoint Williams as new head coach in ‘fresh approach’

Ben Williams has been appointed the new head coach at struggling Spalding RFC as they try to snap a run of 17 straight league defeats at home to Kettering on Saturday (2.15pm). Town have gone for a “new direction and fresh approach” by replacing Andy McMahon, who they say has done an admirable job under tough circumstances in Midlands One East this ...

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RUGBY: Town unable to stem overwhelming tide at Ilkeston

Ilkeston 83 Spalding 1st 0: Sam Cooke led Spalding onto the field knowing that it was going to be a tough day against the team fifth in Midlands One East and chasing the top teams. Back in October in the home fixture Spalding ran Ilkeston close with a 16-22 result but on Saturday with Ilkeston winning the toss and choosing ...

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Huntingdon hammering is one of Spalding RFC’s worst

Huntingdon & District 48 Spalding RFC 0 Harry Sharman was man-of-the-match in his Spalding RFC first team return on Saturday – but it was another day to forget as Huntingdon and District eased to a convincing Midlands One East win. The 48-0 defeat will rank as one of the worst of Town’s league losses so far this season, with the ...

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No sweet 16 for Spalding RFC at Huntingdon

Spalding RFC’s winless streak in Midlands One East stretched to an enormous 16 games on Saturday as they lost 48-0 at Huntingdon and District. The loss, a 16th from as many matches this season, keeps Town bottom of the table and nine points behind nearest rivals Belgrave. Ryan Chappell’s side visit fifth-placed Ilkeston next Saturday (2.15pm). A full report from ...

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Chappell: Spalding RFC must show ‘controlled aggression’

Spalding RFC captain Ryan Chappell believes his side need to get more physical with their Midlands One East rivals if they are to end their miserable run of form. The new skipper was speaking after seeing Town’s losing league run stretch to 15 games at Derby last Saturday . Once again, Spalding’s young side showed glimpses of their potential with ...

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No Derby delight for struggling Spalding RFC in 2015 opener

There was no change of fortune for Spalding RFC in their first game of 2015 as they were soundly beaten 78-14 at Derby in Midlands One East on Saturday. Bottom-of-the-table Town kicked off the New Year as the old one ended, as they made it 15 defeats from as many games in the league so far this season. There was ...

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Improved Spalding RFC unable to finish year with a win

Spalding RFC 23 Bugbrooke RFC 39 Winless Spalding RFC put in a much-improved performance in their final Midlands One East game of 2014 – but still couldn’t break their duck for the season. The last Saturday before Christmas marked the start of the second half of the season, with Town entertaining a Bugbrooke side that hammered them 62-3 in the ...

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New Spalding RFC skipper Ryan refuses to write off season

Defiant Spalding RFC captain Ryan Chappell still believes that his struggling young side can beat the drop in Midlands One East this season. Town go into Saturday’s home clash with Bugbrooke (2.15pm) as the division’s basement boys – having lost all 13 of their league games so far this campaign. They were beaten 91-0 at Bedford Athletic last weekend (see ...

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Game 13 proves very unlucky for winless Spalding RFC

Spalding RFC’s 13th outing of the Midlands One East proved one of their unluckiest yet as they were battered 91-0 at Bedford Athletic on Saturday. Rock-bottom Town were soundly handed their 13th defeat from as many games and are now facing up to the very real possibility of losing every league game this season. Spalding’s final game of 2014 is ...

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It’s a dozen of defeats despite spirited Spalding RFC show

Spalding RFC 1st 7 Syston RFC 1st 48 Despite slipping to a 12th defeat from as many Midlands One East games on Saturday, Spalding RFC’s desire could not be faulted against second-placed Syston. Having last met the Leicestershire side four years ago, Town knew they were in for a tough test against a side that are bang in the title ...

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Spalding RFC skipper Sharman ‘made scapegoat for team’s woes’

Harry Sharman is no longer captain of struggling Spalding RFC. Town are bottom of the Midlands One East table without a win. The club said Sharman (28), who has not played a competitive match this season due to injury and suspension, offered to quit. Neither Town nor the player is saying what led to last week’s change of club captain, ...

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Rugby: Two Spalding RFC players to hospital during cup exit

NLD Cup quarter-final: Spalding RFC 14 Market Rasen & Louth 55 A heavy cup defeat formed part of a tough few days for Spalding RFC. The NLD cup exit last Saturday – during which two players had to have hospital treatment – came hard on the heels of news that Harry Sharman was no longer club captain. Town were still ...

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Spalding RFC legend Wand hoping for some cup magic

Former Spalding RFC scrum-half Kevin Wand insists the 1st team should have nothing to fear in the NLD Cup on Saturday. Town host fellow Midlands One East side Market Rasen and Louth at Memorial Field (2pm) in a welcome respite from league action. Last month Town took a 62-0 pasting at Rasen, but their two most recent performances have shown ...

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Spalding Town mourn the loss of ‘true gent’ Henry

Spalding Town Cricket Club has been left saddened by the news that club president Henry Walkers has passed away following his brave and courageous battle with illness. Those fortunate to have spent time in Henry’s company over the last five decades, whether on the field of play or socially, will agree that his presence was absolutely remarkable. A talented sportsman, ...

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Selection issues are crippling Spalding RFC’s season

It’s been a wretched season so far for Spalding RFC – and skipper Harry Sharman admits that it is tough to take any positives from last weekend’s 95-0 loss at Old Northamptonians. That hammering made it ten Midlands One East defeats on the bounce for Town ahead of Saturday’s home clash with Paviors (2.15pm). Selection issues hampered Spalding’s progress at ...

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Spalding RFC show great heart despite city mauling

Old Northamptonians 95 Spalding RFC 0 Injuries, illness and unavailability ensured that Spalding travelled to Northampton with a heavily depleted squad on Saturday – so it was no surprise to see them handed a heavy reverse by one of Midlands One East’s top teams. Spalding, rock bottom of Midlands One East, gave game time to a number of second team ...

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Spalding RFC seeking improvement ahead of daunting trip

Away games don’t come much harder than free-scoring Old Northamptonians in Midlands One East. That’s the task facing Spalding RFC on Saturday (2.15pm), though, as they bid once again to grab a first league win of the season. Rock-bottom Town, who have lost all nine of their games, aren’t expected to upset the odds against an Old Northamptonians side that ...

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