‘In with the new’, says Town coach

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New Spalding rugby coach Ben Williams is hoping for a winning start to his career in the hot seat, despite having only three coaching sessions with his former team-mates.

Town are back in action on Saturday after a two-week break, during which former coach Andy McMahon was sacked, when they host third-placed Kettering in Midlands One East at Memorial Field (kick-off 2.15pm).

A bumper crowd is expected for one of the club’s vice presidential club days and Williams is optimistic that his side won’t let anyone down.

Williams said: “I’ve gone through our remaining nine games and five of them are against lower level opposition, so we’ve earmarked some of the weaker teams against whom to go out and try our best.

“A lot of the lads are keen and they all want a win, starting against Kettering which is a big day for the club.

“We’ve even got a warm-up match taking place with our under-13s against Peterborough before our game.

“Confidence has gone down after every defeat, but I believe we can compete in this league.”

Spalding suffered the first of their six shut-outs so far this season at Kettering where they were humbled 58-0 back in October.

Since then, Town have conceded 678 points in 11 league matches, scoring 114.

Williams said: “When we played Kettering away, we held our own as forwards but were taken apart at the back.

“So in team selection, I’m turning to the older players for strength and knowledge to try to compete there.”

Town welcome back fly-half Jim Williams, Kev Charles (both knee injuries) and full-back Adam McHugh (broken finger) on Saturday.

MIDLANDS ONE EAST

Saturday: Bedford Athletic v Ilkeston, Belgrave v Huntingdon & District, Bugbrooke v Derby, Old Northamptonians v Market Rasen & Louth, Paviors v Mansfield, Spalding v Kettering, Syston v Newark.

MIDLANDS FOUR EAST (SOUTH)

Saturday: Corby v Bourne, Deepings v Bedford Swifts, Old Newtonians v Stamford College Old Boys, St Neots v Sileby Town.