Third time lucky for Town tester?

Flanker Liam Richardson who is back for Spalding against Market Rasen and Louth on Saturday.  Photo by Tim Wilson.
Flanker Liam Richardson who is back for Spalding against Market Rasen and Louth on Saturday. Photo by Tim Wilson.
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Spalding face familiar opposition this Saturday (kick-off 2.15pm) in the shape of Market Rasen & Louth who have beaten them twice in league and cup games this season.

The two sides first met in October when the Wolds-based club ran out 62-0 winners in Midlands One East, followed up by a 55-14 romp in the NLD Cup quarter-finals a month later.

Action from Bourne v Deepings at Milking Nook Drove where the home side's Ed Cooke takes on the Green Machine defence. Photo by Tim Wilson.

Action from Bourne v Deepings at Milking Nook Drove where the home side's Ed Cooke takes on the Green Machine defence. Photo by Tim Wilson.

Town coach Ben Williams will be without openside flanker Luke Scotney and George Brown at centre, but Spalding welcome back flanker Liam Richardson for the league meeting at Memorial Field.

Williams said: “Market Rasen & Louth are normally a very, very strong forward-led side but we have to play to our strengths, rather than worry about theirs.

“Hopefully the ground will have firmed up because we have a simple game plan that the lads have bought into and it’s just about getting them to use it.

“I’ve had the chance to see a few players I didn’t know and to see a few playing in different positions, so there’s still a nice vibe and buzz about the club.”

Spalding did show some promise in their last home game, despite the 35-0 scoreline against Kettering in what was to be the last home game for ex-captain Harry Sharman who has since joined National League 3 Midlands side South Leicester.

Williams said: “Harry had the chance to play at a higher level so he took it and we wish him the best for the future.

“But it’s a 15-man game and every man out there makes a difference.”

In Midlands Four East (South), Deepings will be aiming to put their A15 derby loss to Bourne two weeks ago behind them when they host fifth-placed Brackley at Linchfield Road (kick-off 2.15pm).

The Green Machine welcome back club captain Gareth Silverwood, but centre Dan Hainsworth is injured.

Silverwood said: “The Bourne loss has hurt most of the first-team players but hopefully it’s the kick up the rear end we needed for the rest of the season.

“Brackley away from home is a very different kettle of fish to Brackley at home because they don’t travel well and we want to salvage as much as we can from our last four games of the season.”