RUGBY UNION: Spalding ready for big test at league leaders

Spalding RFC
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  • Midlands Two East (North) - Dronfield v Spalding
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Spalding are aiming to end the 100 per cent home record of league leaders Dronfield on Saturday.

Second-bottom Town have been boosted by successive league wins in Midlands Two East (North).

The hardest thing is getting back up when you have been knocked down. We are ready to stand up again.

Sam Cooke

Despite crashing out of the Lincolnshire Cup with a 76-7 defeat to Scunthorpe last weekend, Spalding remain in a positive mood.

Captain Sam Cooke said: “It was a tough game when we lost at home to Dronfield (30-21) in September.

“In the first half of the season that was typical of our performances but now we are playing for 80 minutes.

“We will go to Dronfield looking to repeat what we achieved against Stamford when we beat them at home.

“The scoreline against Scunthorpe didn’t reflect the performance as we were up against semi-professionals from two leagues above us.

“We can take confidence from scoring a try against them. At times they were camped in our half and we managed to hold them out.

“Our senior players have stepped up and offered more while the younger lads are starting to understand what it’s all about in their debut 
season.

“Now we have proved that we can win games again. We have broken that stigma and the hardest thing is getting back up when you have been knocked down.

“We are ready to stand up again. Our goal at the start of the season was a mid-table finish and that remains the ambition.

“We want to turn our home into a fortress but hopefully we can pick up points on our travels as well.

“We’ve had a difficult year but the guys feel more positive coming into 2016.

“Training sessions have been really good and we’ve got that belief back after two successive league wins before Christmas.”