Spalding RFC made a clear statement of title intent with a run-away win at near-neighbours Stamford on Saturday.
Town made full use of the luxury of having their closest fixture in the league by putting on a stellar show in front of the large number of travelling supporters who made the trip Hambleton Road.
The visitors managed to limit their hosts to a solitary unconverted try, despite a strong wind blowing along the length of the pitch.
Spalding played into the wind in the first half and opening score came after 12 minutes when Wes Cope broke clear and ran through the Stamford defence to touch down.
James West made the conversion and Spalding were on their way.
But it wasn’t long before Town were on the attack again as Kevin Childs broke clear from near the half-way line and used his strength and speed to outpace the Stamford defence and score close to the posts.
West converted to make the score was 0–14 with almost the first quarter of the match played.
Then Stamford showed determination not to let their visitors have all the glory as they scored in the corner, but the conversion was unsuccessful against the strong wind.
In the lead-up to the score, Spalding centre Ryan Chappell picked up an injury and was replaced by George Brown.
Town restarted and they were soon awarded a penalty in front of the posts which Harry Sharman decided to kick at goal and West backed up his skipper’s decision by converting to make the score 17-5.
The strong running winger Childs then received the ball some 40 metres out and again used his strength and guile to outsmart the Stamford defence and
score, leaving the conversion to West to take the score to 24-5.
With only a 19-point advantage and having to play into the wind in the second half, Spalding’s supporters were unsure whether their side’s lead was enough.
But Town were able to show their supremacy when they were awarded a scrum on the half-way line.
They broke left and winger Childs took the ball to within 25 metres of the try line before the ball was quickly recycled to Cope who had a clear run across the try line to score.
The conversion went wide but from soon after the re-start, Spalding won the ball from a scrum and Williams passed to centre Craig who linked with Childs, knowing he would use his strength and speed to score his third try in the corner.
Three minutes later, Williams broke down the left wing and linked with Tom Duerden who scored at full stretch for the line, but the conversion was unsuccessful.
Spalding then scored at regular intervals through Duerden, West, Cope and Josh Finch to secure one of Town’s most convincing wins of the season with a good all round performance from all the squad.
Spalding: Harry Sharman (captain), Alex Ioannou, Wes Cope, Pete Waudby, Andy Hoyles, Tom Duerden, Josh Finch, Harry Brown, Rob Lucas, James West, Kevin Childs, Ryan Chappell, Richie Craig, Harry Harrison, Adam McHugh, Sam Cooke, Ben Williams, George Brown.