SPALDING RFC: Sharman seeks win to kick-start season

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Kettering RFC v Spalding RFC (Saturday, 2.15pm): STUTTERING Town kick off a potentially season-defining run of games with revenge on their mind.

Spalding make the trip to Kettering, who hammered them 43-15 back in October, fresh off the back of narrow defeats to high-flying Paviors and Derby.

But their next three fixtures – away trips to Dunstablians and Wellingborough follow Saturday’s clash – pit Harry Sharman’s side against teams in and around them at the lower reaches of Midlands One East.

And Sharman admits that it’s time his side started putting some wins on the board.

He said: “Kettering really turned us over at our place, but they’re just above us in the table so it’s a big match for us.

“Last weekend’s defeat (21-19 to Derby) was frustrating as we did everything in our power to throw a win away.

“But the next three games are huge, it’s time to get some wins under our belt.”

Surprisingly, Town have only managed one win on their travels this season.

In contrast, Kettering have picked up five of their seven successes on home soil.

Spalding have Joel Riddle, number eight Harry Brown and outside centre Sion Williams available again, with a few other changes expected.

But Tim Smith misses the trip.