RUGBY: Refreshed Town ready for Melbourne test

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Revitalised Spalding RFC have been warned not to underestimate youthful Melbourne on their return to Midlands Two East (N) action on Saturday (2.15pm).

Title-chasing Town make the trip to Derbyshire some six points behind leaders Belgrave with a game in hand, having seen their last two matches rained off.

They are hot favourites to complete a double over their hosts, having won the reverse 41-10 at the Memorial Field.

But coach Niall Thomson, who became a qualified RFU coach educator on Wednesday, has warned against complacency.

He said: “We gave them a bit of a spanking at our place, but they were by no means embarrassed.

“Much like ourselves, they are a young side and will be improving all the time.

“We’re almost as strong as we can be after two weeks off and the aim is to keep winning to put pressure on Belgrave. We need to keep the points coming and capitalise on any slip-ups. I’m not expecting them to win all of their remaining games.”

Town welcome back Ed Duerden, but are missing Richie Craig. Josh Finch is expected to deputise.