SPALDING RFC: Harry wants same again in basement battle

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Nuneaton OE v Spalding RFC (Saturday, 2.15pm): “SAME again lads,” is the verdict from Town skipper Harry Sharman ahead of this crucial Midlands One East basement battle.

Spalding shattered their five-game losing streak by beating Matlock last weekend – and now they’re looking to bring an end to another unwanted sequence.

Victory at Nuneaton would represent a first away win in the league for almost an entire year and further further ease Town’s relegation fears.

But Sharman is refusing to take Saturday’s improving opponents lightly.

He said: “It’s been a while, but it felt great to win again. It was a good performance against a strong side.

“We need to take that to Nuneaton, who have improved a lot lately and are fighting hard at the bottom too. Obviously away results have been a problem, but I don’t think it’s a mental thing. We’ve had a lot of bad luck and away games at this level are going to be tough.”

One of the many positives to come from Town’s first win of 2012 was the performance of Kevin Childs.

“Kev is just a great sportsman,” added Sharman. “He’s available for the rest of the season, which is great news.”

Mike Beeken is unlikely to feature after injuring his hamstring last weekend, but Ben Williamson is fit to return.

Peter Shakespeare could also feature, while long-term absentee George Brown will have a run out for the second string as he bids to return to full fitness.