JUNIOR RUGBY: Town’s future looks bright after double festival delight

THE UNBEATABLES: Spalding RFC's under-12s are pictured after one of their festival wins. The young guns were undefeated at Kesteven and Peterborough.
THE UNBEATABLES: Spalding RFC's under-12s are pictured after one of their festival wins. The young guns were undefeated at Kesteven and Peterborough.
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Spalding RFC’s talented under-12 team produced two fine festival showings to win a pair of trophies in October.

Town’s young guns won the Kesteven festival early on in the month, before matching that showing at the recent Peterborough event.

Starting at the city festival, Spalding were up against bogey team Oakham in their first pool game.

Although they’ve only beaten Oakham once over the years, the Town lads held firm and stormed to a 3-1 success.

The next pool game was against a weaker Peterborough team, who really raised their game for the clash.

Although they pushed Spalding all the way, the Town lads emerged as winners by one score.

The final group fixture was against a very confident Ampthill team that came into the event as Bedfordshire champions. It mattered little though, as Spalding played with aggression, shape and direction and scored four tries by half time.

The second half saw no further scores, so Spalding progressed to the final unbeaten.

Northampton champions Old Northamptonians, who were bigger man for man and played a very good brand of rugby, awaited in the showpiece match.

However, Spalding rose to the occasion as the team started with intensity and physicality that completely knocked ON’s off their stride.

The game was played on Town’s terms and the direct running, rucking and tackling was too much for the opposition. Spalding scored three tries in the first half and left ON’s shell-shocked before adding another score after the break to seal the success.

The Kesteven festival was played two weeks earlier – but the result was the same.

The warm conditions suited Spalding’s style of play and they started with a cool 3-1 win over Sleaford.

Old foes Oakham were next up, with Town edging them out 1-0 to gain revenge for their loss in last year’s Land Rover Cup final.

The final game of the pool was against a confident Nottingham side who were growing in stature with every game.

Although Spalding pressed well and the game was well contested, it finished as a 0-0 draw – which was good enough for Town to progress to the final.

Spalding saved their best form for the final – and blew Lincoln away with some of the best rugby they’ve played to date.

They spun the ball wide from a quick phase ball and worked the space well to go in at half time three scores to nil up.

The second half was well competed, but Town drew first blood to make an impossible task for Lincoln, who competed through to the final whistle when they were rightly rewarded with a try.