SPALDING RFC 40 PETERBOROUGH RFC 20: TOWN couldn’t have imagined a better way to break their four-game losing streak in Midlands One East as they thrashed rivals Peterborough on Saturday.
In front of a crowd in excess of 400 at the Memorial Field, Spalding roared to a bonus-point triumph thanks to tries from Ollie Phillips (2), Lance Tallett, Ryan Chappell and Harry Brown.
Fielding perhaps their strongest side of the season, Spalding went behind from an early Mike Hogan penalty, but Phillips used his speed to run in the opening try, which was converted by Dave Hankinson.
Town’s kicker than knocked a penalty over. But Hogan replied with a penalty of his own, before fly-half Duncan Low went over for Borough’s first try.
Hogan converted to put the away side ahead at 13-10, only for Hankinson’s boot to level the game at 13-13 from yet another penalty.
A big moment in the game followed, as a Rob Lucas break allowed Town ever-present Tallett to touch down under the posts. Hankinson converted, making it 20-13 in Spalding’s favour at the interval.
Sensing an upset, Town started the second half superbly. Another Hankinson penalty put them ten points clear, while skipper Harry Sharman – who was the pick of the players on show – linked well with Phillips to allow the winger to score in the corner. Hankinson had no problem converting.
Two minutes later Town streaked further ahead. Again Sharman was involved, but this time it was Chappell who crashed over the line.
Reece Harry pulled a try back for the city side, converted by Hogan, but Spalding had the last word with their fifth try of the afternoon.
Lucas broke from the end of a lineout and linked with Sharman. The skipper passed to Chappell before letting the ball go to Harry Brown, who made good ground before scoring wide out
Hankinson’s conversion missed, but Spalding’s win was secure.
There was still time for Dave Harding-Prior and George Brown to be sin-binned following a scuffle, but nothing could deny Town the local bragging rights.
The reverse fixture is in March – but for now at least, Spalding have a bit of breathing space at the bottom end of the standings.
Town: Sharman (captain), Waudby, Rowlands, Gibbons, McNally, E Duerden, Craig, Tallett, Lucas, Hankinson, Childs, Chappell, S Williams, Phillips, J Williams, Branton, H Brown, G Brown.