MATLOCK RFC 65 SPALDING RFC 9: HARRY Sharman admitted his charges endured a day to forget as Matlock handed Town a heavy reverse on Saturday.
Three Jim Williams penalties had Spalding in contention at half-time, but the hosts ran in five second-half tries, two penalties and a drop goal to romp home.
To make matters worse, Sharman, Williams and Tom Duerden were all forced to limp off injured.
But the Spalding scrum did give a good account of themselves, with the front row of Andrew Branton, Chris Crane and Peter Shakespeare performing admirably.
Spalding skipper Sharman said: “I think the score flattered them a little, but in our defence we had a few players missing.
“We were still in contention at half time, but they turned the screw after the break.
“Everything seemed to go wrong and we made too many basic errors for my liking. This is one to forget about. Hopefully we’ll regroup and move on.”
• Sat - Town v Nuneaton (3pm).