Spalding RFC

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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Spalding RFC set for ‘one-off’ pre-season

  Talismanic Spalding RFC skipper Harry Sharman admits that he and his team-mates are itching to get back onto the pitch ahead of Thursday’s one and only pre-season fixture. Town make the short trip to rivals Peterborough RFC (7.30pm) as they bid to get valuable game time in ahead of their Midlands One East opener at home to Belgrave on ...

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Record-breaker Sharman to stay Spalding skipper

Talismanic Spalding RFC skipper Harry Sharman has been sworn in as captain of the first team for a record sixth year on the spin. Sharman was the obvious choice to continue as the club’s on-field leader – making it no surprise that he was re-elected at  Friday night’s AGM. Having replaced Andrew Branton back in 2009, nobody has now spent ...

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Welsh wizard James inspires Exiles win

Spalding RFC talent James Thomas scored a memorable try as he helped guide the Welsh Exiles to glory at an under-15 provincial tournament on Saturday. Thomas, who is from nearby Morton and attends Bourne Grammar School, was among a squad of 22 players from clubs all over England (and one from Jersey) to travel to Colwyn Bay for the event. ...

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Town full of pride despite final loss

SCUNTHORPE RFC 54 SPALDING RFC 19 Spalding RFC’s stellar season ended with a heavy defeat to higher-graded Scunthorpe in the Lincolnshire Cup final on Monday – but captain Harry Sharman declared himself proud of the team’s efforts. Town, promoted to Midlands One East last weekend, were without no less than eight regulars for the Kesteven clash with their county rivals. ...

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Heavy loss in final for depleted Spalding RFC

Spalding RFC were handed a 59-19 defeat by Scunthorpe in the final of the Lincs Cup on Monday. Town, who were missing a host of players, put up a good fight in the Kesteven clash – but couldn’t end their promotion-winning season with a trophy. More on the final in Thursday’s Spalding and South Holland Voice.

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Tidswell Talk: Our clubs are doing South Holland proud

I’d like to offer my congratulations to Harry Sharman and Spalding Rugby Club, who gained promotion by beating Newbold on Avon this past Saturday to gain promotion back to Midlands One East. So within two weeks there have been celebrations of promotion in two different sports for the same town. I think you will agree with me that sports fans ...

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Emotional farewell for Town’s Tommo

Respected coach Niall Thomson will say goodbye to Spalding RFC after Monday’s Lincs Cup final with Scunthorpe (3pm). The popular Scot has spent four years as head coach at the Memorial Field, but the 200-mile trip to Spalding for each game has finally become too much for him. Saturday’s 24-14 Midlands Two East promotion play-off victory over Newbold on Avon ...

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‘Proud’ skipper salutes Spalding show

Long-serving Spalding RFC skipper Harry Sharman has admitted that Saturday’s promotion play-off victory was among his proudest moments at the club. Sharman scored one of the tries as his side defeated Newbold on Avon 24-14 at the Memorial Field (report above) to secure an immediate return to Midlands One East. It was the fourth promotion play-off the captain has featured ...

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Promotion party for Spalding RFC in front of bumper crowd

Spalding RFC 24 Newbold on Avon 14 A dramatic late try from Ben Williams steered Spalding RFC back to the promised land of Midlands One East as they delivered in Saturday’s winner-takes-all promotion play-off. Town were never behind in the Midlands Two East play-off with South division runners-up Newbold on Avon. Skipper Harry Sharman ran in a first-half try, while ...

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Promotion party for super Spalding RFC

Spalding RFC secured an immediate return to Midlands One East after a superb 24-14 win over Newbold on Avon in Saturday’s promotion play-off. Harry Sharman and Ben Williams scored crucial tries for Town at the Memorial Field, with James West kicking the rest of the points in the winner-takes-all clash. The two teams exchanged penalty scorers early on, with West twice ...

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Judgement day for Spalding RFC’s campaign

Spalding RFC captain Harry Sharman accepts that the club’s stellar season will mean nothing if they lose on Saturday. Town, who finished second in Midlands Two East (North) welcome Midlands Two East (South) runners-up Newbold on Avon to the Memorial Field for a winner-takes-all promotion play-off (3pm). The winners will play Midlands One East rugby next season – which was ...

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Thommo salutes top Spalding RFC season

Respected coach Niall Thomson reckons Spalding RFC can be proud of their efforts in Midlands Two East (N) this season. Town finished on a whopping 93 points after winning 19 of their 23 matches, but despite thrashing Bakewell 70-13 on Saturday, they fell four points shy of eventual champions Belgrave. That leaves Spalding – who will face Scunthorpe in the ...

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Sharman ‘chuffed’ with Spalding RFC victory

Hat-trick hero Harry Sharman was impressed with the ruthless streak shown by his Spalding RFC side in Saturday’s 70-13 battering of Bakewell. The talismanic skipper ran in three of Town’s 12 tries at the Memorial FIeld in what was their biggest win of the entire season. Although a little baffled by the ease of the success against a team that ...

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Hill’s influence steers Spalding RFC to wonderful win

Spalding RFC 70 Bakewell Mannerians 13 World Cup winner Richard Hill proved to be an inspiration for Town as they completed their Midlands Two East (N) campaign with a whopping win. The former England international put Spalding through their paces prior to the Memorial Field clash with Bakewell on Saturday, on a day when they ran in a huge 12 tries. ...

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Spalding RFC sign off in style

Spalding RFC completed their regular Midlands Two East (North) season with a dominant 70-13 win over Bakewell at the Memorial Field on Saturday. The bonus-point triumph leaves Town as runners-up, some four points behind champions Belgrave. Spalding can count themselves very unlucky not to have topped the table, having won 19 of their 22 league games. Town – who were ...

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