RUGBY: Sharman wants Town’s losing streak put to Bed

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Bedford Athletic v Spalding RFC (Saturday, 3pm): FRUSTRATED Town skipper Harry Sharman admits his side need to buck their losing habit in Midlands One East sooner rather than later.

Sharman, who has missed all three of Spalding’s fixtures with ankle ligament damage, reckons he saw signs of improvement in last weekend’s 35-13 defeat to Market Rasen and Louth.

He’s expecting a tough test against a Bedford side who have won two of their opening three games, but has backed the new-look side to get a result.

Sharman said: “It’s been a tough start. We’ve got quite a few new faces and three 17-year-old lads – who have done very well – playing.

“Credit to the team, they were much-improved on Saturday. If we’d have converted a few penalties before half time, things may have been different.

“In the end, it was silly errors and individual errors that cost us, but there was cause for optimism.

“Bedford are always very tough and it’s always difficult to get a result there.

“We have to go there with the right mind-set. There comes a point when you have to kick-start your season and we’re approaching that now.

“I’m confident we can get a result if the boys play to their potential.”

Fly half Dave Hankinson misses Saturday’s trip, but Ben Williams is fit to replace him. Prop Sam Cook is also pushing for a start after impressing as a substitute against Rasen.