Spalding RFC

First away win propels Spalding RFC out of the relegation zone

Spalding RFC climbed out for the Midlands Two East (North) relegation zone with a game-changing 23-17 win at Nottingham Casuals on Saturday. The timely victory is Town’s first away victory in the league this season – and gives them genuine hope of beating the drop with seven games left to play. The win in Nottinghamshire sees the Elephants leapfrog Mansfield ...

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Cooke: We’ve got eight games left to save Spalding RFC from obscurity

Passionate Spalding RFC skipper Sam Cooke has issued a battle cry to his side ahead of Saturday’s crucial trip to relegation rivals Nottingham Casuals. With eight games left to play, ninth-placed Casuals are one of the few teams that relegation-threatened Town can realistically look to overhaul before the end of the season. The Elephants are still without an away win ...

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Spalding RFC’s Ashbourne clash rained off as relegation rivals Mansfield lose

Spalding RFC were left kicking their heels on Saturday after their trip to Ashbourne was rained off – but there was some good news for them elsewhere in Midlands Two East (North). Chief relegation rivals Mansfield were beaten 25-0 at Melbourne, meaning Town are just three points behind them with a game in hand. Spalding hope to return to action ...

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Struggling Spalding RFC hampered by unavailability for tricky Ashbourne trip

Spalding RFC are suffering from an untimely selection crisis ahead of Saturday’s Midlands Two East (North) trip to Ashbourne (2.15pm). Relegation-threatened Town are without a host of key players for the game in Derbyshire as they bid to earn that elusive first away win of the campaign. Among those to be unavailable are key men Harry Sharman, Ryan Chappell, Ash ...

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Spalding RFC’s fitting tribute to legendary late chairman Geof Nichols

Spalding RFC have paid a fitting tribute to chairman Geof Nichols, who died on Friday after an 18-month battle with leukaemia. Geof, who was associated with Town for 35 years, spent more than two decades as chairman. A minute’s silence in honour of Geof, who was 72, was held before Spalding’s 20-17 defeat against Melbourne at the Memorial Field on ...

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Spalding RFC suffer a pivotal defeat against relegation rivals Melbourne

Spalding RFC 17 Melbourne RFC 20 On a day overshadowed by the death of respected chairman Geof Nichols, Spalding RFC slipped to a potentially costly 20-17 defeat against Midlands Town East (North) relegation rivals Melbourne on Saturday. A minute of silence was held as mark of respect to Town’s late chairman (see story, above) – and sadly the Elephants couldn’t ...

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Crucial Spalding RFC loss overshadowed by death of revered chairman Geof

Spalding RFC were beaten 20-17 by Midlands Two East (North) relegation rivals Melbourne on Saturday – just hours after the death of chairman Geof Nichols. Town, who had won four home games on the bounce, had led 12-6 at half time thanks to tries from Harry Sharman and Taylor Crowson. Sharman added another try in the second period, but they ...

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Skipper backs Spalding RFC to deliver in high-pressure Melbourne showdown

The pressure is very much on Spalding RFC to keep their fine run of home form in Midlands Two East (North) going this weekend. Town are in the drop zone ahead of Saturday’s Memorial Field battle with relegation rivals Melbourne (2.15pm) – some seven points behind their visitors. Lose, and Spalding will give one of their main rivals a serious ...

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More away misery for Spalding RFC after ‘familiar’ loss at Market Bosworth

Market Bosworth 44 Spalding RFC 7 It was very much a case of déjà vu for Spalding RFC on Saturday as they suffered an all too familiar 44-7 defeat at high-flying Midlands Two East (North) high-fliers Market Bosworth. Just like in their last away game at table-topping Dronfield, Town’s solid first-half showing counted for little as belligerent Bosworth ran in ...

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Spalding RFC still searching for an away win after big Bosworth beating

Spalding RFC were handed a 44-7 defeat at Midlands Two East (North) high-fliers Market Bosworth on Saturday. The defeat keeps Town in the bottom two and ensures that their wait for a first away win drags on for another week. With relegation rivals Mansfield losing and fellow strugglers Melbourne without a match, it’s pretty much as you were at the ...

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Spalding RFC skipper Cooke admits his side will need away wins to stay up

Bullish captain Sam Cooke has told his Spalding RFC side to end their away drought at Market Bosworth on Saturday (2.15pm). Town have yet to register an away win in Midlands Two East (North) this season, a run that has been a major factor in seeing them spend the entire season in the relegation zone. However, Saturday’s dramatic 9-8 win ...

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Spalding RFC alive and kicking after Harry clinches key Mansfield win

Spalding RFC 9 Mansfield RFC 8 Harry Harrison’s second-half penalty earned Spalding RFC the narrowest of wins over fellow strugglers Mansfield on Saturday – and eased any lingering relegation fears. Town made it three wins from their last four Midlands Two East (North) games with a gritty 9-8 triumph at the Memorial Field, with James West kicking the other six ...

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Penalty kicks key as Spalding RFC shade titanic tussle with Mansfield

Spalding RFC battled to their fourth Midlands Two East (North) win of the season on Saturday as they edged out fellow strugglers Mansfield 9-8 at the Memorial Field. Two penalties from James West and a decisive second-half kick from Harry Harrison saw Town home, despite a try from Mansfield’s Ollie Stamford. The victory moves the mighty Elephants to within three points ...

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Mansfield’s visit kicks off a run of crunch clashes for Spalding RFC

Skipper Sam Cooke reckons Spalding RFC are entering the defining period of their Midlands Two East (North) campaign. Town, who remain in the bottom two after Saturday’s 31-6 defeat at leaders Dronfield (see page 46), are about to embark on a run of winnable fixtures that should shape their season. Starting with a Mansfield side directly above them in the ...

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Leaders Dronfield eventually see off Spalding RFC despite fine first half showing

Dronfield RFC 31 Spalding RFC 6 Spalding RFC were unable to build on a promising first-half showing as they succumbed to a 31-6 defeat at Midlands Two East (North) leaders Dronfield on Saturday. Two penalties from James West saw Town trail by just six points at the interval, but the Derbyshire-based hosts kicked on in the second period to maintain ...

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Leaders Dronfield end Spalding RFC’s two-game unbeaten league run

Spalding RFC’s winning run in Midlands Two East (North) was ended by a 31-6 defeat at leaders Dronfield on Saturday. Town came into the game full of confidence after wins over Stamford and Bakewell at the end of 2015, but proved t be no match for the table-toppers. They’ll hope the loss is just a blip ahead of next week’s ...

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Spalding RFC unfazed ahead of tough-looking trip to table-topping Dronfield

There will be no inferiority complex shown by Spalding RFC when they visit Midlands Two East (North) pace-setters Dronfield on Saturday (2.15pm). Town, who are 11th, go into the clash some 22 points behind the leaders. But Dronfield are only top because Spalding upset previous leaders Stamford a few weeks before Christmas – and skipper Sam Cooke insists that confidence ...

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Scunthorpe hand Spalding RFC crushing county cup beating to end winning run

Spalding RFC 7 Scunthorpe RUFC 76 There was no fairy-tale start to 2016 for Spalding RFC as higher-graded Scunthorpe RUFC cruised to a 76-7 Lincs Cup quarter-final success at the Memorial Field on Saturday. Town came into the last eight showdown on fine form, having won their last two Midlands Two East (North) games of 2015. But they proved no ...

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Spalding RFC soundly beaten by Scunthorpe in last eight of Lincs Cup

Spalding RFC kicked off 2016 with a heavy 78-7 home defeat against Scunthorpe in the Lincs Cup on Saturday. Town were always likely to be up against it in the quarter-final clash, with big-hitters Scunthorpe currently two levels above them in the Midlands League ladder. And, despite Sam Cooke’s side going into the game with back-to-back league wins under their ...

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Spalding RFC set for tough Lincs Cup test against higher-graded Scunthorpe

In-form Spalding RFC are hoping to continue their winning ways on Saturday as they welcome higher-graded Scunthorpe to the Memorial Field for a Lincs Cup clash (2pm). After suffering a torrid time of it in 2015, Town ended the year with two impressive wins over Stamford and Bakewell. It’ll be a tough as for Sam Cooke’s side, though, with Scunthorpe ...

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