SPALDING RFC: Skipper ready for old rivals

Ready for next season: Harry Sharman
Ready for next season: Harry Sharman

HARRY Sharman admits that his Spalding RFC side can’t wait for the new rugby season to start.

Town, who return to training on Tuesday night after a lengthy break, have been buoyed by the news that two of their biggest rivals will be in Midlands One East with them next season.

Fierce county foes Market Rasen have been promoted from below, while Peterborough have dropped down a level – something that is likely to ignite an old rivalry.

Spalding skipper Sharman, whose side will begin their new campaign at Ilkeston in early September, has warned his side that they will adopt a fresh approach to pre-season this time around.

He said: “We’ve had a nice break but it’s time to get back out on the field now.

“There will be more of an emphasis on skill and touch work this year, with the lads expected to look after their fitness in their own time.

“We’ve got a few new players from the RAF coming down on Tuesday, but anybody is welcome to come and show us what they’ve got.

“Next season is shaping up to be a tasty one. It’s good news that Market Rasen and Peterborough are in our league, we’ll look forward to playing both of them.

“We’ve not crossed swords with Peterborough in quite a while. It seems they’re on the slide and we’re on the up, so we’ll fancy our chances.”

Training gets under way at 7pm at Spalding’s Memorial Field home, with anybody over the age of 14 invited to join in.

• TOWN entered two teams into a touch rugby tournament at Stamford over the weekend.

Both the A and B sides qualified from their respective pools, with the two meeting in the semi-finals.

Led by Sharman, the A team won through to the final, where they beat hosts Stamford to take the title.