King’s School Peterborough 7 Spalding Grammar School 8: Spalding Grammar School are through to the fourth round of NatWest National Schools Rugby Union Cup thanks to a late Matthew Pearson penalty.
On paper, it looked like Spalding were going to be in for a tight game with Peterborough rivals King’s – and the two teams didn’t disappoint.
Playing into the wind in the opening period, the Grammar lads were up against it from the off.
The King’s School battered their defence early on, but time after time Spalding repelled their advances.
With the duo locked together at half time, it was the Grammar boys who were happier as the teams left the field.
With the ample wind behind them after the interval, Spalding were starting to enjoy a little spell of dominance.
Their forwards were going through their phases, setting up a solid platform for the backs to work with. It was from one of these positions that Tim Waltham got hold of the ball and barged his way over the try line for his fifth score of the season.
Although ahead by five and pushing King’s back into their territory, Grammar still knew that they were in for a tough time – and once again their strong tackling was needed.
But they seemed to have taken their foot off the pedal in the scrums and at times it was only the last ditch defence of Ed Booth at full back preventing the city side from scoring.
However, Peterborough finally broke through when the usually organised Grammar defence was broken for the try scorer to crash over the line.
It was converted too, meaning the Grammar side needed a score to stay alive.
After going back to basics, the Spalding team used the wind and started to spread the ball out to the wings.
Using the forwards once again, they suckered in the King’s defence – and after three or four phrases the the Peterborough side were deemed to be coming in from the side.
Grammar were awarded a penalty in front of the posts, which Pearson duly stepped up to slot straight through the middle and seal the victory.
The back row of Brandon deCamps, Alfie Butler and Tim Waltham were once again influential for Spalding, while the midfield of Jason Esser, Pearson and Kyle Robin Wilkins were equally impressive.
Either Stamford School or Bourne Grammar School are up next for Spalding.