Spalding break ‘habit of losing’

Action from Spalding's win on Saturday. Photo by Tim Wilson
Action from Spalding's win on Saturday. Photo by Tim Wilson
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Spalding’s acting head coach Bruno Figueiredo was a proud man after seeing his side coast to their biggest win since April 2014 – also against Bakewell Mannerians (70-13).

Four tries from Harry Harrison and tries by George Douglas, Kier Moore, Ash Anker, Harry Brown and Josh Broome may well have banished any memories of last season’s Midlands One East nightmare in which Town won only one league game out of 26.

I’ve had a lot of pressure and some of the other senior lads have been under pressure as well. But the results are starting to come now and we start the new year with a new habit of winning.

Captain Sam Cooke

Figueiredo said: “We played a good game and kept doing the same things we’ve been doing in training.

“I’m happy for the players because they showed good discipline and a good attitude.

“We had a few problems at the start of the game but the boys sorted them out on the pitch.

“Instead of making mistakes and putting pressure on ourselves, the boys made the game easier for themselves which made me very proud.”

After his man-of-the-match performance against Stamford two weeks ago, Spalding fly-half James West was again in the thick of the action, kicking six out of his nine conversion attempts.

West said: “The big thing about this result, and the result against Stamford, is putting the habit of losing away.

“When you’re getting beaten week in, week out, like we were last season, you can get into a habit of not seeing out games.

“There was a period, in the middle of the match, when things weren’t really going our way and the play wasn’t falling into hands.

“It could have been quite easy for us to fall apart like we would have done last season.

“So it was a big bonus that we dug in and carried on with what we wanted to do.”

After just one win in their first eight league games, 1st XV skipper Sam Cooke admitted: “I’ve had a lot of pressure and some of the other senior lads have been under pressure as well.

“But the results are starting to come now and we start the new year with a new habit of winning.”