RUGBY: Five wins needed to save Town

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Worried Spalding RFC coach Niall Thomson reckons his side may need to win up to five of their remaining games to keep their Midlands One East status.

Second from bottom Town go into Saturday’s home date with Paviors (2.15pm) some seven points from safety. But they were in dire straits this time last year – and a big win at Paviors helped them turn the corner.

“It’s going to be tough to stay up,” admitted Thomson, whose twin 17-year-old sons Rhys and Callum have just broken into the team. “We probably need four or five wins and other results to go our way.

“We’ve proven this season that we can beat anyone on our day. We’re perhaps lacking a few older heads, but we’ve always said that this is a transitional period for the club.

“Paviors will be well organised, but we’ve beaten them before.”

Spalding skipper Harry Sharman is expected to be fit after picking up a nasty head injury last weekend, but fly half Dave Hankinson is still unavailable.