Tastes of survival for Spalding

DIVING OVER: Harry Harrison scores one of Spaldings tries in the home victory against Ashbourne which lifted them out of the relegation zone with two games remaining. Photo: ADRIAN SMITH
DIVING OVER: Harry Harrison scores one of Spaldings tries in the home victory against Ashbourne which lifted them out of the relegation zone with two games remaining. Photo: ADRIAN SMITH
  • Midlands Two East (North) - Bakewell Mannerians v Spalding (Saturday 3pm)
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Spalding have Midlands Two East (North) survival in their sights but coach Bruno Figueiredo is in no mood to celebrate just yet.

A magnificent 26-19 win over Ashbourne at Memorial Field on Saturday, with the foundation of four tries, lifted Town out of the bottom two.

Now we have another difficult game at Bakewell which, if we win and Mansfield lose, we’ll definitely be in this league.

Bruno Figueiredo

But more importantly, the Elephants have their fate in their own hands knowing that wins at bottom side Bakewell Mannerians on Saturday and at home to ninth-placed Coalville a week later will see them survive.

Figueiredo reflected: “Ashbourne was a difficult game but we knew it was an important one for the club so we played well.

“There was an amazing attitude from the boys, we defended well, our scrums were stable and we attacked well when Ashbourne made mistakes.

“But the most important thing that we played for 80 minutes, not 60 minutes like we did at Stamford (two weeks earlier).

“Now we have another difficult game at Bakewell which, if we win and Mansfield lose (at home to seventh-placed Melbourne), we’ll definitely be in this league.”

When Figueiredo succeeded Ben Williams as coach last November, Spalding looked doomed to back-to-back relegations with just one win in eight league games.

But after a stunning 25-15 home win over Stamford on December 5, Town have chalked up another four league wins and gone close in three other matches.

Figueiredo said: “We’re only thinking about Bakewell but if we stay up, it’ll be good for Spalding, good for the players and good for those coming up through the club.”