SPALDING RFC: Drop would devastate Town - skipper

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Leighton Buzzard v Spalding RFC (Saturday, 2.15pm): HARRY Sharman has warned his Town team-mates that relegation from Midlands One East would be a “nightmare scenario” for the club ahead of this basement battle.

Spalding, who have lost all seven of their away league fixtures this term, will go into 2012 in the bottom two if they are beaten by Buzzard in their final game of the year.

Although nothing is yet set in stone, finishing there come the end of the season would likely lead to a devastating demotion.

But Sharman, who also branded Saturday’s home loss to Loughborough “shocking”, still reckons Town have a team capable of finishing in the top six.

“If we dropped down a league it’d be a nightmare for everyone that fought so hard to get us here,” barked Sharman. “It’d be devastating to the club as a whole.

“We have a lot of players that belong at this level and I strongly believe we should at least be in the top half, if not the top six.

“But when you perform like we did on Saturday, you can have no complaints. It was shocking.

“You have to credit Loughborough, they played well. But we weren’t at the races mentally and it cost us.

“Before that game we’d targeted the next four games as ones we have to win. With a big derby at Market Rasen the first game of next year, this is a must-win game.”

Lance Tallett and Josh McNally both make welcome returns this weekend, as Town bid to win away in the league for the first time since February 26.

Town did beat Leighton 27-22 at the Memorial Field back in September, but haven’t registered a point since knocking off rivals Peterborough a month ago.