RUGBY: Skipper blow for Town

folder: sport Picby:Mike Date: 26/09/09'Function: sp rugby squad'Venue: sp memorial field'Contact: ac'Names LtoR: h/s pics- andy..,please refer to attached team shot for names [it might be worth checking spellings if poss,'cos the names were [badly] hand written for me...thanks
folder: sport Picby:Mike Date: 26/09/09'Function: sp rugby squad'Venue: sp memorial field'Contact: ac'Names LtoR: h/s pics- andy..,please refer to attached team shot for names [it might be worth checking spellings if poss,'cos the names were [badly] hand written for me...thanks
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SPALDING RFC have been dealt a massive blow ahead of the start of their new season on Saturday after skipper Harry Sharman suffered a suspected hamstring tear.

The talismanic captain (pictured) picked up the injury – which could keep him out for up to six weeks – in Saturday’s final pre-season friendly fixture against Kettering.

The match was split into three parts, with Town winning the first part, Kettering taking the second and the final period tied.

Spalding were not up to full strength with a number of first team players away for the Bank Holiday weekend.

Those that were available conducted themselves well, with tries coming from Sharman, Harry Brown and Ed Duerden, with Dave Hankinson adding the conversions each time.

All eyes now turn to this weekend’s Midlands One East opener at Ilkeston.

Town lost against the Derbyshire side 45-16 on the final day of last season.

See Thursday’s Spalding Guardian for a preview to the new season.