RUGBY: Poor Town got just desserts

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Market Rasen & Louth RFC 1st 36 Spalding RFC 1st 10: TOWN hope this proves to be their only poor match of the season.

A much more confident display by Market Rasen and Louth than the visitors brought their first win of the season.

Spalding had to make a number of changes from the previous week, introducing new man Jordan Andrade in the centre and changes in the front row saw Craig Dowse back at hooker and the return of Anthony Buckberry at prop, after a lengthy absence. Impressive back-row player Harry Brown was injured in training on Thursday.

An offside decision after ten minutes saw Market Rasen’s reliable kicker put the first points on the board.

Spalding were making too many mistakes and, although holding their own in the scrum, were often under pressure.

Market Rasen kicked for touch and from the resultant lineout win, drove for the line and scored their first try, which was easily converted.

To make things worse for Town, a poor restart gave the home side possession and a clear break led to a further try in the corner. This time a superb kick by the Market Rasen kicker with the power of the wind in his favour curled the ball between the uprights.

A more determined Spalding then had arguably one of their better periods in the match. On three occasions they were denied a score.

On one occasion, Andrade was stopped within touching distance of the line, then the centre won a race to touch down a chip in the dead ball only to be brought back by the referee for a forward pass.

And thirdly, after Mark Haighton excelled at a lineout and the ball went to speedy winger Ollie Phillips, he weaved his way towards the try line before being stopped.

Spalding were awarded a penalty and Jim Williams, playing at fly-half in place of the absent Dave Hankinson, kicked their first points.

However, Market Rasen had the last say of the first half when poor tackling enabled a third converted try for 24-3.

Even a half-time talking to and the elements in their favour failed to buck up Town.

They were next to score though after winning a lineout against the head and Josh McNally earning a penalty.

Town chose to kick for touch, won the lineout and drove for the line with all the forwards involved. Buckberry claimed the score. It was well converted by Williams for 24–10 before Market Rasen stretched the lead to 31-10.

A fifth try late on sealed Town’s miserable trip back south.

Spalding: Lucas (captain), Buckberry, Dowse, Rowlands, Haighton, McNally, Hoyles, Anker, E Duerden, J Williams, Phillips, Beeken, Andrade, G Brown, Williamson, Shakespeare, Charlton, Hausermann.