A near-flawless showing from Spalding RFC under-17s saw them defeat the Boston/Kesteven Barbarians under-17s 34-0 in the Lincolnshire Cup.
There was a sporting gesture from the Barbarians before the match, as they agreed to a 12-a-side game before kick-off – with the Town squad decimated by injury.
A trademark Chris Emery set up try number one, as he was felled in the 22. A quick tap allowed Jack Whadcock the space to score out wide for an unconverted try.
Spalding’s second score was similar, as another quick tap and swift handling saw Hendy go over in the corner for an unconverted try.
With ten points on the board in seven minutes a cricket score looked on the cards, especially as the Town forwards were working well as a unit and the backs looked lively and skilful.
There was to be no let up, with another unconverted Spalding try coming from the talented Adam Castle following a scrum on the 22.
Perhaps the best try of the first period came at the very end as prop Ben Rippon showed remarkable pace to steam down the line from 20 metres out for another unconverted score.
The scoring continued after the interval as quick thinking from James Thomas sent Castle off on a blistering 60 yard run to the posts, fending off would-be tacklers on the way. He then converted to make it 27-0.
The final score came from a Barbarians clearing kick, as Castle fielded and fed Harry Wilkinson-Roberts.
He set up a ruck and quick delivery left to JJ Faulkner, who ran to the posts. Mark Hendy converted to complete the scoring.