Paviors RFC v Spalding RFC (Saturday, 2.15pm): AFTER going three weeks without a game, Town’s return to action couldn’t really be at a more daunting venue.
High-flying Paviors handed Spalding a humbling 73-6 beating back in October, which remains their biggest loss of the Midlands One East campaign.
But Town skipper Harry Sharman insists that his side are a different proposition now – and has backed them to set the record straight on Saturday.
“Pavs are a big, physical side and they really hammered us last time,” said the talismanic captain. “It’ll be a tough test, but we’re a different side now and seem to shine against the better teams.
“It’s been a bit of pain over the past few weeks. We’ve been able to train at the Spalding Grammar School sports hall, but haven’t picked up a rugby ball in ages.
“With Paviors being so far ahead of us, you could say that the pressure is off. We can go there and express ourselves and maybe we’ll catch them cold.”
With neither side having played since January 28, the formbook goes out the window this weekend.
However, Paviors have enjoyed an imperious 2012 so far, boasting three wins from three – only shipping 29 points in the process.
As always, Town’s away form suggests there will be no shocks for the promotion hopefuls. Sharman’s boys have yet to register a victory on the road this season, last tasting an away league success at Dunstablians almost exactly one year ago.
Spalding have no new injury concerns for the trip, but do welcome back George Brown to the first team after a number of successful outings with the Development squad.
• Town hope to rearrange last weekend’s postponed Memorial Field clash with Coalville for next Saturday (February 25).