RUGBY: Survival at all costs for Town in basement battle

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Spalding RFC skipper Harry Sharman accepts that Saturday’s Midlands One East basement battle at Market Bosworth is do or die for their survival hopes.

Just one point separates the struggling duo in the standings, with Town sitting below Bosworth in the final relegation position.

With a home game against already relegated Loughborough and a tough trip to title-chasing Ilkeston left to play, Sharman feels his team need two wins to stay up.

He said: “We don’t want to be going to Ilkeston on the final day needing something to stay up. This game is massive for both teams.

“I’d be confident of staying up if we win on Saturday, as on paper you’d think we should beat Lougborough at home.

“This is the big one of our final three games and losing doesn’t bare thinking about.”

Spalding will have to do without key fly-half Dave Hankinson (foot) for the 3pm kick-off, but talented teenager Callum Thomson is expected to feature after shaking off an injury of his own.

• Town went out of the NLD Shield 14-11 at Newark on Tuesday night. Two penalties from Rhys Thomson and a Harry Sharman try weren’t enough in the semi final.