RUGBY: Town ‘unbelievably strong’ ahead of big clash

LOOKING STRONG: Spalding RFC are ready for Oakham.
LOOKING STRONG: Spalding RFC are ready for Oakham.
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Spalding RFC coach Niall Thomson admits that he has the best kind of selection headache ahead of a potentially tricky test against Oakham on Saturday (3pm).

Second-placed Town are at full strength for the Memorial Field showdown with a side that are 19 points behind them in third.

Last weekend’s impressive 32-6 victory at Nottingham Casuals kept Spalding six points behind Midlands Two East (N) leaders Belgrave with a game in hand – and Thomson is eyeing another bonus-point against Oakham.

He said: “We have to face the fact that Belgrave may win all of their remaining games. So all we can do is keep racking up bonus points and hope they don’t.

“We have an unbelievably strong squad for Saturday and some people are going to be upset to miss out.

“We’re aware that playing Spalding is a big thing for Oakham, so we have to be prepared. At home, with our great support, we always expect to win.

“Although we struggled a bit early on at Nottingham last weekend, we ended up playing some good stuff. It was especially satisfying not to concede a try.”