Some points of order for Town

Sion Williams and Richard Cooke attack for Spalding against Market Rasen & Louth
Sion Williams and Richard Cooke attack for Spalding against Market Rasen & Louth

Spalding captain Ryan Chappell has called on his side to show more discipline if they are to get their first win in Midlands One East this weekend.

Town travel to Newark who are third-bottom of the league but who beat Chappell’s men 53-26 at Memorial Field in November.

“Newark is a bit of a local derby for us so we have to try to be switched on right from the start,” Chappell said.

“There’s nothing to say that we can’t go there and come away with the win we’ve been waiting for, although we’ll be up against Dan Mackie who left us to go to Newark.”

Spalding started well in their last game against Market Rasen & Louth, going 7-0 down before fullback Josh Broome scored with a break-away try and conversion.

But then six unanswered tries, four of then converted, by the Wolds side put the game out of Town’s reach.

Chappell admitted: “The score didn’t really reflect the game because in the first half, our defence was the best it had been all season.

“However, we couldn’t win our lineouts and we gave away penalties which led to them kicking the ball deep into our territory and scoring tries.

“There were also little lapses in concentration as we were implementing the game plan our coach Ben Williams wants us to play to.”

Midlands One East: Huntingdon & District v Syston, Ilkeston v Derby, Kettering v Bugbrooke, Mansfield v Belgrave, Market Rasen & Louth v Bedford Athletic, Newark v Spalding, Old Northamptonians v Paviors.

Midlands Four East (South): Bedford Swifts v St Neots, Bourne v Old Newtonians, Corby v Deepings, Thorney v Sileby Town, Westwood v Stamford College Old Boys.