Rugby Union

RUGBY UNION: Rivals heading in opposite directions

At the start of Saturday’s game against league leaders Melbourne, the question everybody was asking was could Spalding spring an unexpected surprise?

Spalding Rugby Club

RUGBY UNION: Top against bottom at Spalding

Rock-bottom Spalding face league leaders Melbourne at Memorial Field on Saturday.

PACKED OUT: Crowds enjoying the action from the hill during the 2014 tournament, which was played out on a baking hot day.   Picture: Roger Arbon

Bury St Edmunds' sevens tournament to kick off Super Sevens Series

The biggest tournament of its kind in East Anglia this year - Bury St Edmunds Rugby Club's Greene King IPA Sevens tournament - has been given the accolade of doubling up as the first event in the 2017 Super Sevens Series.

Photos by Alan Hancock

RUGBY UNION: Honours go to Deepings on derby day

Third-placed Deepings fought back from an early setback to claim the derby-day honours.

Fly-half James West kicks an early penalty to put Spalding ahead

RUGBY UNION: Early hope turns into reality for Spalding

Before Saturday’s kick-off at the Memorial Ground, Spalding knew that a home win was essential to start a revival in their fight against relegation with Market Bosworth lying only two places above them in the league.

Action from the home defeat to Loughborough earlier this season

RUGBY UNION: Relegation gets closer for Spalding after another defeat

When these two teams meet early in the season at the Memorial Ground, Spalding narrowly lost in the last 10 minutes with Loughborough going on top of the league.

DERBY DAY: Action from the home defeat to Kesteven two weeks ago

RUGBY UNION: Road trip for Spalding

Rock-bottom Spalding are on the road to mid-table Loughborough on Saturday,

Spalding under-18s

RUGBY UNION: Derby delight for Spalding youngsters

Spalding under-18s ran out 10-0 winners at Stamford on a damp winter’s day.

DERBY DAY: Spalding captain Harry Brown tries to push his team forward

RUGBY UNION: Miracle needed for Spalding to avoid relegation after derby defeat

At the start of the season, with expectations high, Spalding had travelled to Kesteven looking to start their campaign with an away win but were edged out 16-15 in a match that should have been won.


Unlucky 13! Under-strength Spalding RFC prove valiant in defeat

On Saturday Spalding took to the field in a similar fashion to the soldiers in the Charge of the Light Brigade into the Valley of Death.


So close to a late win

Spalding RFC suffered a narrow 21-19 defeat to West Bridgford, after coming so close to snatching a late victory.

Spalding score a try. Photos: Adrian Smith

RUGBY UNION: Display brings praise as Spalding lose again

Saturday’s clash with high-riding Southwell brought a match of high quality and commitment with Spalding right in the game until the last 10 minutes when a couple of lapses in concentration let the visitors pull away for a bonus point away win.


RUGBY UNION: Second-half collapse for Spalding in basement battle

Saturday saw the clash of the two teams at the bottom of the table with both having won just one home game.

Bourne RUFC's under-17 rugby players are presented with their new kit by Martin "Wolfie" Adams and Joe Sunner, clinical director of Pulse Practice in Bourne.  Photo by Simon Perkins.

Bourne rugby youngsters presented with new kit by Wolfie

Bourne’s up-and-coming rugby stars are looking the part both on and off the field with help from a medical practice in the town and a darts legend.

Spalding Rugby Club return to action this weekend. ANL-160924-184115001

Spalding face bottom of table clash at Casuals

It’s back to league action for all local rugby teams this weekend.

Spalding RFC Under-12s ANL-161114-125935002

Under 12s bound for Twickenham

After winning the coveted Aviva Premiership Landrover Cup at Oakham Rugby Club on Sunday, Spalding Rugby Club under 12s are off to Twickenham in May.

FINALLY A WIN: Taylor Crowson scores a try in Spalding's 32-29 win over Newark at Memorial Field.  Photo by Adrian Smith.

Spalding celebrate first league victory

HOME FORM: Scrum half Will Shields touches down for the Elephants in their first league win of the season.


MATCH REACTION AND VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS: Point gained from title rivals pleases Tulips boss Frecklington

Spalding United boss Dave Frecklington drew lots of positives from his side’s committed performance against Newcastle United.

HOME FRONT: Chris Owen kicked two penalties and three conversions for Deepings in their 37-18 win over Brackley at Linchfield Road.  Photo by Alan Hancock.

MATCH VERDICT: Deepings in mood for Junior Vase tie after another home victory

A five-try show by Deepings, including two from skipper Lance Charity, set them up nicely for Saturday’s Midlands Junior Vase third round tie against Worksop.

LEAGUE WIN AT LAST: Will Shields scores a try for Spalding in their potentially season-changing 32-29 win over Newark at Memorial Field.  Photo by Adrian Smith.

SATURDAY ROUND-UP AND RESULTS: Draws all round for Spalding, Holbeach and Deeping

Spalding United, Holbeach United and Deeping Rangers were all held to draws on Saturday.

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