SPALDING RFC 1st 45 SOUTHWELL RFC 1st 15: Town cruised into the semi-finals of the NLD Shield with a convincing Memorial Field success on Saturday.
Putting their Midlands One East troubles aside for a week, Spalding faced off against a side that are currently two rungs below them in the Midlands Division pyramid.
It took some 20 minutes for the hosts to get on the scoreboard. Dave Hankinson, who had his most successful afternoon in recent weeks, was on target to open the scoring from a penalty.
Spalding’s progress was disrupted moments later though, as skipper Harry Sharman was forced off injured.
That didn’t stop them extending their lead, with second row player Alex Coates stopped short of the line before the ball eventually went out to winger Dan Adams to score the first try after 25 minutes. Hankinson added the conversion.
The second try followed soon after. Town won a lineout 15 metres from the Southwell line and drove forward, with stand-in captain Tom Duerden the man to go over.
Another successful Hankinson conversion made it 17-0 to the hosts at the half time interval.
Southwell did start the second half better and were soon rewarded with a try. With the home side on the back foot, the visitors’ tall jumper in the line took the ball cleanly to supply his three quarters with the ball to score, which was converted.
Spalding responded instantly, with centre Harry Harrison opening up the defence before passing to Hankinson to score under the posts. He duly converted to make it 24-7.
Next it was the visitors who again won a line out in the Spalding half. The ball went down their three quarter line to outpace the home defence and score wide out. Again, they converted.
But that was to be the end of Southwell’s mini fightback.
A break by Harry Brown from the base of the scrum saw him link with Harrison, before the centre fed winger Dan Adams to score in the corner. Hankinson converted.
Two further tries arrived in the final ten minutes, with Kev Childs prominent in both. First, the winger was stopped short of the line before feeding Jimmy Rowlands to go over. Then, he showed great pace to round off a successful day.
Hankinson converted both to complete a flawless afternoon of kicking.
Town: Harry Sharman (captain), Pete Waudby, Ollie Lake, Jimmy Rowlands, Mark Haighton, Alex Coates, Tom Duerden, Harry Brown, Ben Williams, Dave Hankinson, Dan Adams, Ben Williamson, Harry Harrison, Kevin Childs, Rob Lucas, Pete Shakespeare, Craig Dowse, Harry Winch and Adam McHugh.