SPALDING RFC: Sharman eyes Derby upset

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Derby RFC v Spalding RFC (Saturday, 2.15pm): TOWN face one of the toughest trips of their season this weekend – but skipper Harry Sharman sees no reason why they can’t get a result.

No less than 29 points separate second-placed Derby and Spalding (11th) in Midlands One East after 11 games. Derby have also won all six of the home games, while Town have lost all six of their games on the road to date.

But having taken the scalp of Peterborough last time out, Sharman feels nothing is beyond his charges.

He said: “This is probably a harder game than Peterborough and it’s definitely going to take a big effort to get something there.

“But the win over Peterborough has given us something to build on and if we can find the same kind of form I have no doubt we can give them a run for their money.

“It’ll be a tall order to win, but if we play the way I know we can we’ll push them close.”

Town will be boosted by the return of Harry Brown after his four-week ban, while Mark Haighton and Ash Anker are ready to fill voids left by the unavailable Josh McNally, Richie Craig and Lance Tallet. Flying winger Ollie Phillips is fit too.