Spalding RFC under-15s came up just short against a talented Newark RFC under-15s as they went down 19-8 on Sunday.
Playing against one of the best teams in the ‘NLD’ region, it was always going to be a tough task for Town.
Newark went ahead after Spalding opted against kicking a penalty against the wind.
A handling error led to a confused situation and Newark were able to scramble the ball over the line for a try, which they converted.
It was a Spalding handling error again which gave Newark the opportunity to extend their lead when they picked up the loose ball and crossed wide out on the right to give themselves a 12-0 half-time lead.
Oliver Johnson got Spalding on the scoreboard from a penalty early in the second period, but Newark responded with a third try, which was converted.
With the game now more open, Town soon got their first try when Corey Lewis forced his way over the line after a period of pressure.
It went unconverted though – and with Newark using their big forwards and three-quarters to pen Spalding back in their own half, they couldn’t mount a comeback.