SPALDING RFC: Town’s reality check ahead of run-in

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Spalding RFC v Kettering RFC (Saturday, 3pm): SPALDING skipper Harry Sharman admits his side face a reality check in their bid for Midlands One East survival.

With just six league games left, Town are only outside the bottom three on points difference.

Title-chasing Kettering arrive at the Memorial Field a massive 39 points better off than Spalding.

And with three teams expected to go down, Sharman accepts that his side are in a dogfight.

He said: “The lads looked at the table and fixtures on Saturday and had a bit of reality check.

“We want to stay in this league and the lads are relishing facing Kettering.

“We’ve done well against the bigger teams and we’re capable of beating them.”

Jimmy Rowlands returns, but an injury has ruled out George Brown.

Another big injury blow has forced former skipper Andrew Branton to retire.

The hugely-respected Branton suffered a nasty neck injury last year and has decided to call time on his glittering Spalding career.

Sharman added: “Branny has obviously been a great servant to the club and it’s sad to see him call it a day.

“He’s been a big figure in the dressing room and his experience is invaluable. Hopefully he’ll stay on and do some coaching, he’s certainly still got plenty to give.”