Spalding show their mettle in defeat to Kettering 35-0

Action from Memorial Field where Spalding lost 35-0 to Kettering in Midlands One East rugby union.  Photo by Tim Wilson.
Action from Memorial Field where Spalding lost 35-0 to Kettering in Midlands One East rugby union. Photo by Tim Wilson.

Spalding Rugby Club lost their 19th game of the season today with a 35-0 defeat to Kettering at Memorial Field in Midlands One East today.

But despite the scoreline, Town showed plenty of character and promise for new head coach Ben Williams in what was his first game in charge of Town.

New Spalding coach Ben Williams gives his half-time team talk.

New Spalding coach Ben Williams gives his half-time team talk.

Ultimately, a converted try 12 minutes into the second half but the Northamptonshire side out of Spalding’s reach.

Josh Broome missed a tricky penalty in first half added time, largely due to the extremely muddy pitch, and skipper Ryan Chappell thought he had touched down just before the end.

Kettering scored their first try after 18 minutes of Spalding resilience and added another seven minutes before the break.

They went 21-0 in front on 52 minutes and then scored two more on 70 and 72 minutes respectively.

After the match, Williams said: “With the muddy conditions, our lads played hard and kept fighting all the way through, for the whole 80 minutes.

“There are a lot of positives to take away, a few areas to look at, but the conditions slowed us down a lot.

“We were unlucky not to score and they (Kettering) scored a few lucky tries.”

Chappell added: “Ben Williams has made a big difference, there’s a lot of togetherness in the team and people have got a lot of respect for him.

“When you’ve got a lot of respect for the coach, then you work hard for him and we believe in what’s he trying to implement.

“Performance-wise, that’s probably one of the best performances we’ve put in this season.”