The fear factor’s back with Town

Harry Harrison (carrying ball) who kicked the winning penalty for Spalding against Mansfield.  Photo by Claudia Afonso.
Harry Harrison (carrying ball) who kicked the winning penalty for Spalding against Mansfield. Photo by Claudia Afonso.
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Spalding are basking in the glow of four straight home wins in Midlands Two East (North) – the last three under head coach Bruno ‘The Special One’ Figuireido.

Skipper Sam Cooke summed up the ‘Summertime’, a song by his late American soul-singing namesake, at Memorial Field with the words “it’s nice to be feared again” as Town look to right some wrongs at Market Bosworth on Saturday.

The reality is that if we want to keep going then we have to pick these away wins up

Spalding RFC 1st XV skipper Sam Cooke

The Elephants should have won their home encounter last October when leading 15-10 with 15 minutes to go before a mistake by Cooke himself led to the winning Bosworth try.

Cooke said: “We upset ourselves when we played Bosworth at our place so now is the chance for us to go and perform in the way that we should have done.

“There’s a little bit more pressure on us because of the journey but the reality is that if we want to keep going then we have to pick these away wins up.”

Town are without fly-half James West who suffered a hamstring pull in the 9-8 win over Mansfield last Saturday.

Josh Broome is expected to replace him while Figuireido can also welcome back George Brown to the back line after a knee injury.

One player definitely staying in the XV is winger Tom Winch who showed enough on his senior debut for the Elephants to be trusted against their second-placed opponents.

Cooke said: “It’s nice to be feared again and to know that Spalding are putting a fear amongst the other teams that we’re a force to be reckoned with.”

Meanwhile in Midlands Four East (South), Bourne and Deepings have home games against Birstall and Wellingborough Old Grammarians respectively.

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