Super Spalding seal league safety with try-fest over Coalville

Spalding vice-captain Adam McHugh (centre) whose try opened the floodgates for the Elephants at Memorial Field.  Photo by Tim Wilson.
Spalding vice-captain Adam McHugh (centre) whose try opened the floodgates for the Elephants at Memorial Field. Photo by Tim Wilson.
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MIDLANDS TWO EAST (NORTH): Spalding 66 Coalville 7 (Spalding are safe from relegation)

Spalding banished the very real threat of double relegation by running in ten tries and storming to a 66-7 rout of Coalville at Memorial Field.

Town were unchanged for the third game in a row as Sam Cooke led his side from the front with two tries as the Elephants racked up 52 unanswered, second-half points in front of a delirious crowd.

News emerged before the game that three teams would be going down from Midlands Two East (North) and, from the kick off, Spalding were stung into action as the 29-5 win at Bakewell Mannerians suddenly looked not so decisive as far as deciding Town’s fate.

But nerves were eased as early as the 13th minute when Adam McHugh scored the opening try, converted by Harry Harrison.

The second try camme 11 minutes later from Harry Sharman, again converted by Harrison, before Coalville reduced the deficit on the half-hour mark through a Kirk Grant try which was converted by George Blackburn.

We’ve been building on everything we’ve done in training and everybody put their effort in today

Spalding RFC director of coaching George Reid

But after a half-time team talk by head coach Bruno Figueiredo and director of coaching George Reid, Spalding pounced with an unstoppable succession of tries.

Ash Piccaver went on a 70-metre run before Harry Harrison went over for the first of two tries, followed by Josh Finch, Cooke (two), Sharman’s second try, Mikey Watts and Harry Brown.

After the match, head coach Bruno Figueiredo said: “We played amazingly well, we were really together like a team and everything was perfect.

“The team started to trust each other and turned round the bad results so that the confidence could flow and we could start winning games.”

Meanwhile, Cooke said: “We’ve had the same team out every week and that stands for a lot.

“When the fourth try went in, I thought we could let our hair down and the fact that we were relaxed was what we needed.

“In the last six weeks, we’ve come into our own and realised that we’re good enough for this league.”