Wooden spoon nears for Town in Midlands One East

TRYING TIMES: Ash Piccaver touches down for Spalding at Newark.  Photo by Adrian Smith.
TRYING TIMES: Ash Piccaver touches down for Spalding at Newark. Photo by Adrian Smith.
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An immediate return to Midlands Two East (North) is virtually certain for Spalding and the target now is to avoid a winless seaason, admits skipper Ryan Chappell.

Town lost their 20th league game in Midlands One East when they were outgunned by Newark 82-12, with full back Ben Usher doing most of the damage by scoring six tries.

Chappell said: “It was disappointing to lose a game we were hoping to get our first win from, given Newark’s position in the table (third-bottom).

“We played quite well in the first half, but we had some young lads out there and they had some more experienced lads who tore our backs apart.

“Ben Usher was their key man though and Newark utilised him well.”

Life gets no easier for Spalding with their penultimate home game of the season against second-placed Old Northamptonians at Memorial Field (3pm start). Coach Ben Williams is ravaged by injuries and will be without Sion Williams, Luke Scotney, Kev Charles, Ben Williamson and Jimmy Rowlands.

Chappell said: “Everyone gets despondent when you’re losing and it takes a lot of character to build yourselves back up.

“But we’ve just got to stick together as a team and fight for each other.”

Meanwhile, Bourne skipper Tom Dixon is under no illusions about the task his side faces against Midlands Four East (South) leaders St Neots on Saturday.

The men from Milking Nook Drove have to get Saturday’s 53-15 loss at home to Old Newtonians out of their system to stand any chance against the impressive Cambridgeshire side.

Dixon said: “St Neots haven’t lost a game this season and we’re expecting a stiff, physical challenge from them.”

Deepings have three weeks off from league action but instead, the club is offering rugby fans in need of a fix while the RBS Six Nations Championship takes a break this weekend an experience of a lifetime at Linchfield Road on Saturday.

Wear the Rose is a chance for people to experience what’s like to be England captain Chris Robshaw, hooker Tom Youngs and full back Mike Brown through a virtual reality sports experience.

A custom-built, mobile truck will be at Deepings Rugby Club, Linchfield Road, Deeping St James, on Saturday when visitors can come and be part of an England training session.

You can also meet the club’s coaches, try out scrummaging and join a coaching session for anyone aged 16 or over with the RFU Community Coaching Team at 2pm.

Club chairman Mark Owen said: “Whether you are a rugby player or not, Wear the Rose gives everyone the chance to come and experience rugby at the highest level.

“Rugby, both on and off the pitch, can give you so much and I would urge everyone to come along and give it a go.”