Spalding RFC under-16s roared to a dominant 50-17 success at Scunthorpe under-16s on Sunday.
The first half proved very scrappy, but Town’s teens went ahead when a scrum won against the head saw Hal Whyatt pick up and find Mark Hendy, who took the pass to squeeze into the corner. Adam Castle converted superbly.
However, some paper thin tackling by Spalding allowed the hosts in to score under the posts, with the conversion making it 7-7.
Town went back ahead from a lineout, as Whyatt drove on and Castle was on the end of a good run to score from quick ball. He also converted.
JJ Faulkner then pinched a turnover to win Spalding a penalty. Castle’s reactions were quick as he took it and ran over to score and convert.
Scunthorpe reduced Town’s lead to 21-12 at the interval, but they started the second period well when a Hendy run and kick through found Thomas, who fed Jack Whadcock to allow Castle in again for another try.
That became 31-12 when a good pick up from Thomas allowed him to feed that man Castle to score for a 31-12 lead and a hat-trick.
From the restart, another mighty run from Faulkner, who linked with Whyatt, eventually allowed Tristan Whincup to get on the score sheet, with Castle converting again.
Not done there, a quick pass from Thomas to Hendy on a loop from Faulkner saw Castle race into the corner again.
Although Scunthorpe replied to make the score 43-17, Faulkner was the last Town player to run in a try. After more inroads by Whyatt, the centre gathered the loose ball and jinked through three tacklers to score.
Castle converted to round off an impressive win in a match that proved a little tougher than expected.
Spalding RFC under-16s: Jordan Lakey, Fraser Leiper, Chris Emery, Elliot Kulliseid, Tom Birdseye, Tristian Whincup, John McManus, Hal Whyatt, James Thomas, Mark Hendy, Will Morgan, JJ Faulkner, Jack Whadcock, Ciaran Thompson, Adam Castle and Dan Wye.