Spalding RFC under-15s raced into the semi-finals of the NLD Cup with a dominant 73-0 victory over Ilkeston under-15s in their final group match.
Playing into a stiff, cold wind in the first half, Town quickly exerted their authority with three quick tries.
Corey Lewis grabbed the first when he went over from a ruck, with Oliver Johnson converting.
Next up it was Jack Whadcock’s turn to run in under the posts, with Johnson again on hand to convert.
Try number three went the way of Adam Castle, who received the ball from a ruck and outstripped the defence, allowing that man Johnson to add the extra points once more.
At 21-0 up, Spalding then had to defend against a few strong Ilkeston attacks before further adding to their tally.
The Derbyshire side were penalised in a ruck, allowing Castle to break and score a bonus point try wide out, before a fine conversion from Johnson
Next to score was James Thomas, who broke clear unopposed to score under the posts, leaving a simple kick for the boot of Johnson.
There was still time for a bizarre try before half time, with Corey Lewis chasing his own kick down the line to crash over amid confusion in the home defence. As ever, Johnson nailed the conversion for a 42-0 lead.
A number of changes were made at the break. One of those – Castle – ran in two early tries, with one converted by Johnson.
With the score at 54-0, Ilkeston were given the chance to end the game by the referee – but to their credit they carried on.
Town did add further scores, with Castle grabbing his fifth score and Johnson himself getting in on the act with a deserved try. He converted Castle’s effort, but sadly not his own.
There was still time for Mark Hendy to grab his first try before the close, an effort converted by the popular Chris Emery.