Rugby

Performances are now all that really matters for Spalding RFC

Spalding RFC 26 Newark RFC 53 It’s now nine Midlands One East defeats on the trot for winless Spalding RFC – and skipper Harry Sharman admits that the club’s plight this season has gone past being worrying. Town did look set to finally end their unwanted streak at the Memorial Field on Saturday when they raced into a comfortable half-time ...

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Try-shy Spalding RFC bidding to finally break their duck

Spalding RFC once again go in search of their maiden Midlands One East win of the campaign this Saturday as they welcome fellow strugglers Newark to the Memorial Field (3pm). It’s now eight defeats on the spin for Town after last weekend’s derby hammering at Market Rasen and Louth (click here for the report), but skipper Harry Sharman is refusing ...

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Demolition derby for injury-hit Town in all Lincs clash

Mkt Rasen & Louth 62 Spalding RFC 0 Injury-plagued Spalding RFC saw their Midlands One East campaign go from bad to worse on Saturday as county rivals Market Rasen and Louth handed them an eighth loss on the bounce. The match between the only two Lincolnshire teams in the division always looked set to be a one-sided affair, with Rasen ...

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Skipper slams Spalding RFC form as ‘embarrassing’

Fed-up Spalding RFC skipper Harry Sharman has launched a scathing attack on his team after seeing them slump to a seventh successive Midlands One East defeat. Town blew a 17-15 lead against struggling Mansfield at the Memorial Field on Saturday as they went on to be battered 50-24 in front of their own fans. Respected captain Sharman, who has defended ...

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Derby drubbing makes it eight defeats on spin for Spalding RFC

Spalding RFC’s miserable season continued on Saturday as they were hammered 62-0 at rivals Market Rasen and Louth. The derby drubbing leaves winless Town rock bottom of the standings – and they’ve now lost all eight of their league games this season. Struggling Spalding are now ten points off 12th-placed Newark, who they host next Saturday at the Memorial Field. ...

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Seven doesn’t prove to be lucky for Spalding RFC

Spalding RFC’s search for a first win in Midlands One East will drag on for another week after they were beaten 50-24 by Mansfield at the Memorial Field on Saturday. That now makes it seven defeats on the spin for Town, who remain bottom of the table and the only side yet to register a victory. They did at least ...

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Spalding RFC targeting morale-boosting Mansfield win

Spalding RFC are targeting the win that could transform their Midlands One East season this weekend. Having lost all six games so far – including last Saturday’s 58-0 beating at leaders Kettering – Town have just one point and are rock bottom of the table. But skipper Harry Sharman is refusing to dwell on the past. He’s hopeful that Spalding ...

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‘Brilliant’ Spalding Grammar boys begin with a real bang

Spalding Grammar School’s under-12 rugby team got off to a emphatic start with a convincing 53-0 win at Oundle. Despite just four training sessions with teacher Dave Endersbee and the coaching team of parent David Simpson and three older SGS students, the boys looked like a cohesive unit from the outset. They went ahead just a few minutes in when ...

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Town’s toughest test proves to be mission impossible

Kettering RFC 58 Spalding RFC 0 It was always going to be tough for rock-bottom Spalding RFC at Midlands One East leaders Kettering on Saturday – and so it proved. Town failed to register a point in what was widely recognised as their hardest game of the entire campaign and have now lost all of their six league games this ...

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Winless Spalding RFC braced for toughest game yet

Harry Sharman reckons that the timing of Spalding RFC’s hardest game of the season couldn’t be more unfortunate. Town travel to Midlands One East leaders Kettering on Saturday (3pm) – with the teams essentially polar opposites. Having won all five of their games, Kettering are a whopping 22 points ahead of winless Spalding already. But, having earned their first point ...

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‘Outstanding’ Spalding RFC edged out by Ilkeston

Spalding RFC’s winless start to life back in Midlands One East continued with a 22-16 home defeat to high-flying Ilkeston on Saturday – but there is plenty of room for optimism. Producing a performance labelled “outstanding” by injured skipper Harry Sharman, Spalding were always in the game thanks to tries from Pete Waudby and Ben Williams, plus two early penalties ...

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Skipper sure that Spalding RFC will improve

Frustrating and disappointing are the main words captain Harry Sharman would use to describe Spalding RFC’s season so far. Promoted via the play-offs last season, Town have found life back in Midlands One East challenging – and currently have no points on the board after Saturday’s loss to Huntingdon and District . But experienced captain Sharman has been here before. ...

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Sharman: Injuries are crippling Spalding RFC’s progress

Spalding RFC 10 Huntingdon & District RFC 44 Skipper Harry Sharman bemoaned Spalding RFC’s injury crisis as he watched his side lose for the fourth time in as many Midlands One East matches on Saturday. The Town captain, himself out with a broken nose, admitted that he was on the phone trying to get a side together on the morning ...

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More misery for basement boys Spalding RFC

Spalding RFC’s tough start to life back in Midlands One East continued on Saturday as they were handed a 44-10 home reverse by fellow strugglers Huntingdon and District. The Memorial Field defeat is Town’s fourth defeat in as many games – and they are the only side in the division who are yet to collect a point. More worryingly for ...

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Spalding RFC skipper takes positives after Derby demolition

Injured skipper Harry Sharman chose to take the positives after seeing his Spalding RFC side demolished 77-8 by Midlands One East heavyweights Derby. Town only had a Tim Waltham try and Dan Mackie’s early penalty to shout about during Saturday’s Memorial Field clash, which put a damepner on the club’s well-supported President’s Day. Sharman, who still faces around three weeks ...

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Standard of play required in higher league spelt out to Spalding RFC 1st

BUGBROOKE RFC 1st 62 SPALDING RFC 1st 3: A resounding defeat in Spalding’s first-ever league encounter with Bugbrooke reinforced just what standard will be needed in Midlands One. Town had only a drop goal from fly-half Jim Williams – making his first appearance for 18 months – to show for their trip to Northamptonshire. A club spokesman said: “The players were clearly ...

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Spalding RFC skippper Sharman facing lengthy lay-off

The broken nose suffered by Spalding RFC skipper Harry Sharman in Saturday’s Midlands One East defeat to Belgrave will rule him out for at least four weeks. Sharman, who accepts that the incident that badly damaged his nose was probably an accident, requires a trip to see a specialist before he can even think about returning to the field. That ...

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Spalding RFC count the cost of opening day defeat

Spalding RFC 21 Belgrave RFC 32 Red mist descended on the Memorial Field on Saturday as Spalding RFC were beaten by old foes Belgrave in their first game back in Midlands One East. A costly red card dished out to Jay Harwood for lashing out at an opponent forced Town to take on the reigning Midlands Two East (North) champions ...

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Spalding RFC beaten by Belgrave in opener

Spalding RFC made a losing start in Midlands One East on Saturday as they went down 32-21 to rivals Belgrave at the Memorial Field. Rob Lucas – who kicked a host of penalties – and Jeremy Darley both ran in tries for Town, who did lead 21-20 at one stage. But Belgrave, promoted a champions from Spalding’s division last year, ...

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Spalding RFC are ready for huge challenge

Talismanic Spalding RFC skipper Harry Sharman is adamant that his side won’t be setting any targets ahead of their return to Midlands One East action on Saturday. Town welcome Midlands Two East (North) champions Belgrave to the Memorial Field for their opener (3pm), which marks the renewal of last year’s rivalry. Although they were pipped to the title by their ...

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