Spalding facing a tough task in county cup final

Spalding RFC captain Harry Sharman will lead Town into Lincs County Cup final action on Monday against Scunthorpe.
Spalding RFC captain Harry Sharman will lead Town into Lincs County Cup final action on Monday against Scunthorpe.
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Spalding Rugby Club bid to end their successful season on another high on Monday but they face a tough task to add the Lincs County Cup to their list of honours.

Having clinched promotion on Saturday with victory over Newbold on Avon, they take on National Division Three side Scunthorpe at Kesteven on Monday (3pm) but they do so without six key players.

Harry Sharman.  ENGANL00120131014095912

Harry Sharman. ENGANL00120131014095912

Vice captain Ryan Chappell, Sam Cooke, Harry and George Brown plus Tom and Ed Duerden will all miss the game as they are attending Mark Haighton’s stag do.

Skipper Harry Sharman insists his side will still go into the game determined to lift the cup but admits playing with a weakened squad will make an already tough task even tougher.

He said: “It would have been a tough game for us even with a full-strength team but we have good strength in depth so we can replace them with good players.

“It’s a good opportunity to test ourselves against higher-level opposition ready for when we go up next season.

“Scunthorpe play two levels higher than us but it’s a cup final and anything can happen in a one-off game.

“It would have been nice to go into the game with the same squad who won th play-off on Saturday but it’s just one of those things.

“It’s not ideal as we wanted to go into such a big game with a full-strength side but we will go there and give it our best shot.

“We have had a fantastic season and it would be nice to end it on a high, and just because they are a couple of divsions above us doesn’t mean we can’t win.

“Last week’s play-off win was massive for us and you like to know how you compare with teams from a higher division so we will still be taking it very seriously.

“I’ve only just got over Saturday’s win as it was such a tough, physical game and we all gave it everything.

“You couldn’t fault anyone’s desire and heart out there as they put everything on the line so we must go out on Monday and try to pull off another victory.”

The 28-year-old skipper has been at the club since he was a youngster and he is delighted with the progress made by one of the club’s teenage talents.

James West played a big part in Saturday’s win with some impressive kicking in a pressure cooker situation and Sharman is delighted with his progress.

He added: “James has grown in stature since he came to us as a 17-year-old from Bourne.

“He’s worked on his all-round game and he was outstanding on Saturday, as the whole team was.”