HARRY Sharman has admitted that it took the best try he’s ever seen to secure Spalding RFC’s Midlands One East status on Saturday.
The Town skipper looked on in amazement as Kevin Childs produced a moment of individual brilliance in the dying seconds of the dramatic 13-12 success over Ilkeston at the Memorial Field.
It was the final attacking play of Spalding’s campaign – and one that ensured they will continue to punch way above their weight in a very tough league for another year.
Sharman, whose side stayed up by virtue of winning more games than rivals Leighton Buzzard, also paid tribute to his team-mates.
“We made things hard for ourselves on Saturday as usual,” said the talismanic captain. “At 12-0 down I have to admit I feared the worst.
“But we got back in a position to win the game and Kev scored an incredible try to save us.
“I don’t think the report did justice to how good it was. I’ve played in a lot of rugby games and that is the best try I’ve ever seen, for sure.
“We all went a bit mental after that – and when I got a call from Leighton Buzzard to confirm we were safe, it was a massive relief.
“This is the league we want to play in. If you look at teams with the catchment area the size of Peterborough, Derby and Kettering, we’re mixing it with the big boys.
“It’s testament to the quality of the league that we had to win nine games to stay up too. The boys have been superb and if we get the rub of the green a bit more I’m sure we can improve again next season.”
Town now have their end of season awards bash on Friday night, before a lengthy break over the summer.
There will be no Lincs Cup final for them though, with their scheduled semi-final clash with Scunthorpe having to be forfeited after no date could be agreed before the deadline.
Sharman isn’t too downbeat on their county cup exit, though.
“I know I could do with a break for a bit,” added the skipper. “It’s unfortunate that we couldn’t play the semi, but none of the dates offered to us were acceptable.
“It’s a shame for the fans, who once again have been nothing short of amazing. Myself and the lads really appreciate it, there must have been 400 there on Saturday.”