Confidence boost for Spalding

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Spalding captain Sam Cooke insists they can take plenty of confidence into Saturday’s home game with third-placed West Bridgford.

Town remain just above the Midlands Two East (North) relegation zone following last weekend’s 25-7 defeat away to Ashbourne.

Three tries in the opening 10 minutes of the second half made the difference.

Cooke said: “After the long journey, we played well in the first half and converted a try to take us ahead.

“We went into the second half feeling happy and pretty confident.

“But maybe we were a bit complacent as well, although to their credit Ashbourne came back at us with a bang.

“They did enough during that period at the start of the second half to beat us.

“However, we played some good rugby and we felt quite unfortunate not to score in the closing stages of the match as we were camped close to their line.

“During that spell we made a couple of mistakes when we should have scored tries.

“Ashbourne know they will be in for a tough test when they come here next month.

“We should be helped by a confidence boost going into this weekend’s game.

“It’s a tough game as they are well placed but we had a few issues at West Bridgford when Gavin Harrison broke his ankle.

“We want to do ourselves justice at home and we know we can take confidence from last week’s performance.”

Spalding should be close to a full-strength squad with the return of Dan Adams and Shaun Williams.