RUGBY: Heaviest-ever league loss humbles Town

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BEDFORD ATHLETIC 99 SPALDING RFC 7: WINLESS Town were dealt a record loss on Saturday as their Midlands One East struggles continued.

Rampant Bedford racked up a massive 99 points to seal a 92-point winning margin – the heaviest-ever beating Spalding have taken in league competition.

The thrashing sends Town rock bottom with four losses from as many games. They now have a points difference of -186 to boot.

After showing signs of improvement in their previous outing against Market Rasen and Louth, Spalding will have harboured hopes of ending their losing streak. But met the strongest side they’ve come across this season and were never in the game.

Bedford started as they meant to go on, moving the ball wide to their winger who ran clear of the Spalding defence to score in the corner after only two minutes.

The home side scored on a regular basis until 20 minutes had passed. With the score at 24-0, it was Town’s turn to open their account. Spalding kicked for touch 15 metres in from their opponents’ line. From the lineout they were awarded a scrum.

The visitors won that and sent the ball down the three quarter line. Ben Williams was backing up and the ball came back inside for him to use his power and pace to go over the line.

Jim Williams had no problem in converting to at least momentarily halt the home side’s scoring machine.

However, another five tries were scored before half time to take the score to 57-7 as the whistle went.

Six more tries were to follow in the second half without any reply from Spalding.

It was one-way traffic with the hosts showing all their skills in handling and speed throughout the half.

Spalding stuck to their task, but suffered their worst loss since a three-figure cup beating by Newbury in 2003.

Spalding RFC: Ben Williamson (captain), Peter Waudby, Ollie Lake, Peter Shakespeare, Ed Duerden, Tom Duerden, Ben Williams, Luke Scotney, Harry Brown, Harry Winch, Jim Williams, Dan Adams, Ryan Chappell, Cameron Lithgow, Harry Harrison, Sam Cooke, Ash Anker & Rob Lucas.

Results: Bedford Athletic 99 Spalding 7; Ilkeston 78 Loughborough 6; Market Rasen & Louth 32 Peterborough 24; Matlock 22 Kettering 10; Newark 26 Market Bosworth 26; Old Northamptonians 44 Paviors 10; Peterborough Lions 27 Towcestrians 20.

Saturday’s fixtures: Kettering v Old Northamptonians; Loughborough v Newark; Market Bosworth v Market Rasen & Louth; Paviors v Peterborough Lions; Peterborough v Bedford Athletic; Spalding v Matlock; Towcestrians v Ilkeston.