RUGBY: Spalding RFC begin Shield charge

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Lincoln RFC v Spalding RFC (Saturday, 3pm): COMPETITIVE rugby returns this weekend as Town begin their bid for county glory.

Harry Sharman’s side are among the favourites for the NLD Shield, with Lincoln one of the toughest draws they could have landed.

Having taken part in the tougher NLD Cup last season, Spalding’s final league position in Midlands One East last year has seen them drop down to the Shield – but skipper Sharman doesn’t see that as a bad thing.

He said: “I think being in the Shield will benefit us really, it makes the competition a winnable one.

“Lincoln are a few leagues below us, but only just missed out on promotion last season and they’ll certainly provide us with a tough test.

“Having only had one pre-season match it’ll be a difficult match, but we’re all keen to get the new season started.

“We’re certainly in this competition to win it.”

Town haven’t made any significant additions to their squad over the summer, but a number of talented youngsters have impressed over the summer and are pushing for first team places.

Winger Harry Harrison is in line for a debut, while Harry Winch and Cameron Lithgow impressed in last Saturday’s 53-24 friendly win over West Norfolk.

The game will be a farewell match for the ample figure of Josh McNally, who is being posted elsewhere by the RAF and wll no longer be able to represent the Memorial Field club.