Spalding RFC’s hopes of landing the Midlands Two East (N) title have been given a timely boost by the return of former favourite Wes Cope.
The talented hooker, who first featured for Spalding as a 16-year-old and was a key part of the side that won promotion to Midlands One East under current skipper Harry Sharman, left Town for National Two League side Old Albanians back in 2010.
He goes straight into the squad for Saturday’s home duel with basement boys Melton Mowbray (2.15pm).
Having not played since January 18, Spalding are now 11 points behind leaders Belgrave with two games in hand.
Captain Sharman, who also has Ed Duerden fit again, admits that his side are eager to return to action.
He said: “It’s been a bit disappointing, especially with most of the other sides getting games on.
“With respect, we should be beating Melton Mowbray on Saturday. But it won’t be easy, we only edged it 22-10 at their place.
“Getting Wes back is a big positive. Having seen him in training, it’s clear he’s improved massively since we last had him – and he was one of our best players then.”