One last push required by Town

QBE Hit Squad coach Richard Hill coaches Spalding RFC.  Picture by Antony Thompson (Thousand Word Media).   ANL-140423-145635002
QBE Hit Squad coach Richard Hill coaches Spalding RFC. Picture by Antony Thompson (Thousand Word Media). ANL-140423-145635002
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Skipper Harry Sharman has called on his side to produce one final push as Spalding Rugby Club host Newbold on Avon in Saturday’s all-important play-off (3pm).

Midlands Two East (North) runners-up Spalding welcome their counterparts from the division’s southern section and Sharman hopes his side can rise to the occasion.

Spalding hammered Bakewell Mannerians 70-13 in their final game of the regular season and that win ensured a home venue for Saturday’s big game.

Sharman scored three tries that day, in front of former England ace Richard Hill, to inspire his side to victory.

He accepts it will be much tougher this weekend though, saying: “I am really looking forward to it. We all are.

“We will have a big crowd there, as we always do, and it is so important that we perform as well as we know we can.

“We don’t know a lot about thembut we know enough about ourselves to believe that we will win if we are at our best.

““It’s such an important match because we really want to win promotion and I am feeling a little nervous.

“We played well against Bakewell but with all due respect they were not the strongest of opponents and Saturday will be much tougher.

“We have stepped things up in training and we just need to produce one final push for promotion.

“It will be a real team effort to get the win we need on Saturday.

“There is so much competition for places right now and everyone needs to put their bodies on the line and help us clinch pomotion.

“We are all full strength, we will have a big crowd cheering us on and it is now up to us to go on the pitch and produce the goods.”

Meanwhile, Ex-England star Richard Hill has no doubt Spalding will rise to the occasion in Saturday’s player-off clash with Newbold on Avon.

The World Cup winner gave a coaching session to Spalding earlier in the year and attended the final match of the regular season as part of their prize for winning a national competition.

He is now tipping them to finish the job off. He said: “I would like to wish Spalding RFC good luck in their play-off match on Saturday.

“It was a pleasure to come up and host the QBE Hit Squad training session and follow up with coaching at their last match.

“I have no doubt from what I have seen with their enthusiasm, commitment and application on the pitch that they are in good form and I will be keeping a close eye out for the score and the promotion headlines.”