Spalding captain frustrated by defeat

Harry Sharman scores for Spalding against Southwell. Photo: Adrian Smith
Harry Sharman scores for Spalding against Southwell. Photo: Adrian Smith

Spalding’s fight for survival takes them to fourth-placed Ashbourne who are aiming to protect an unbeaten home record this season.

Town picked up a bonus point in last weekend’s 7-5 defeat to mid-table Southwell at the Memorial Field.

They remain outside the Midlands Two East (North) relegation zone as Mansfield were heavily beaten away to Coalville.

Spalding captain Sam Cooke said: “It looked like Saturday’s game was going to end up as a 0-0 draw.

“But Southwell managed to get the first try and then we nicked one back but we were unable to convert it.

“Apart from that, chances were few and far between as both teams made errors.

“We got a bonus point which is a positive and that could prove critical at the end of the season.

“It’s just a shame we could not win because we had them pinned in and we kept turning the screw but they defended very well.

“Overall it was extremely frustrating because that was a game we had targeted for a win and we don’t want to lose at home.

“Southwell had scored 50 points against us in their home game but we showed we are a better team now.

“We’ve certainly improved and I’m sure it will be a tight fixture at Ashbourne who have found form during the second half of the season.

“We are where we want to be in terms of staying outside the relegation zone.

“Our fate is still in our own hands and we need to pick up more points in the next few games.

“We should have a similar side available this weekend so we can feel positive.”

Dan Adams, who failed a fitness test on Saturday, could return to Spalding’s squad this weekend.

Spalding v Southwell match report