Town target strong finish

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The only way is up for Spalding Rugby Club.

They are out of the Midlands Two East (North) relegation zone for the first time this season thanks to Saturday’s 23-17 victory at Nottingham Casuals.

Town’s first away win of the campaign lifted them above Mansfield whose home game with basement boys Bakewell Mannerians was called off.

Spalding will be back home this weekend against mid-table Southwell as captain Sam Cooke remains confident of climbing further up the league table before the end of the season.

Cooke said: “Saturday’s win was certainly well deserved.

“It was a cold, horrible day but we got to Nottingham in plenty of time for a very good warm-up and the lads were really up for it.

If we continue to play well and battle away then I’m sure we will climb the table.

Sam Cooke

“We started the first half with a bang then took our foot off the gas to let them back into the game.

“In the second half we played really well in phases but a couple of missed tackles led to their tries.

“Apart from that, I thought we controlled the game and overall it was a good team performance. All the lads did well.

“We had beaten Casuals at home but we’ve found games tougher on the road.

“We know we need to pick up away wins to stay in this league and now we’ve started to do that.

“We are out of the bottom two at long last and hopefully that will remain the way for the rest of the season.

“It’s a big boost for us and we want to move up a couple of places because we are now within touching distance of those teams above us.

“If we continue to play well and battle away then I’m sure we will climb the table.

“Playing at home again on Saturday will be a bonus and, although we lost quite heavily away to Southwell (50-5) three months ago, we should feel confident this time with a strong side available.

“We have laid the marker down with our first away win and we think it’s achievable to finish the season on a high after a very tough year.

“We’ve got seven games left and we will be putting everything into them.”