RUGBY: Spalding RFC suffer hammer-blow to survival hopes

Spalding RFC’s Midlands One East status is under major threat after a devastating 36-34 loss at relegation rivals Market Bosworth on Saturday.

The defeat, in a game dubbed “must win” by skipper Harry Sharman, leaves Town four points from safety with just two games left to play. Next Saturday’s tussle with rock-bottom Loughborough RFC now takes on huge significance.

In Midlands Three East (South), Deepings suffered a 29-34 loss against Stockwoord Park. Bourne were without a game in Midlands Four East.

More rugby in Tuesday’s Lincolnshire Free Press.

RESULTS

Midlands One East: Bedford Athletic 32 Matlock 14; Ilkeston 24 Paviors 5; Loughborough 13 Kettering 81; Market Bosworth 36 Spalding 34; Market Rasen & Louth 12 Old Northamptonians 24; Newark 27 Peterborough Lions 46; Towcestrians 39 Peterborough 33.

• Midlands Three East (South): Deepings 29 Stockwood Park 34; Northampton Mens Own 17 Rushden & Higham 24; Old Newtonians v Stamford (away walkover).

• Midlands Four East (South): Corby 0 Thorney 40; St Ives 15 Brackley 13.