Spalding suffered a familiar defeat away to Market Bosworth, who are second in Midlands Two East (North), as they had a couple of weeks earlier at leaders Dronfield.
Town produced a good first-half performance, being only a couple of tries down, but during a tough second half Bosworth’s dominance increased as they took a stranglehold on the game with three tries being scored in the last 10 minutes.
With James West injured and Adam McHugh unavailable, Jos Broome moved up from fullback to fly-half, with Ed Booth retaining the full-back position after impressing last week having come on as a substitute.
Kieran Lake started on the right wing with Christopher Eggleton at left wing and Keir Moore in the front row.
On a rather sticky pitch the match started at a good tempo as both teams tested each other out with Bosworth having a slight upper hand with a good lineout and a solid pack.
Sion Williams, who has in recent weeks put in some excellent performances at inside centre, pulled a calf muscle.
The backs were reshuffled with Lake moving into the centres and Brian Browne off the subs bench at right wing.
Shortly afterwards Bosworth opened their account with a try but Town responded with the back row of Ash Anker, Ryan Chappell and Ash Piccaver working the ball down the left-hand side and Bosworth conceding a penalty.
A good Spalding lineout and a driving maul was illegally stopped and another lineout followed with a similar result.
Unfortunately the third lineout was lost which illustrated Town’s failure to execute and capitalise on their opportunities on the day.
Bosworth came back and it was Town’s turn to give a penalty away just a couple of metres from the try line.
The referee allowed the penalty from that position, instead of from the five-metre line, and a quick tap penalty caught Spalding’s defence napping.
Spalding pushed downfield to try to get on the scoreboard with Piccaver gaining territory on a charging run and going to ground, only to be stamped on by a Bosworth player, with Piccaver retaliating.
Both players were red-carded and at half-time Town were unlucky to be 10-0 adrift.
The second period was a different story as Spalding struggled to get out of their own half with Bosworth’s scrum-half starting to spray the ball around and a couple of tries followed quickly on both wings.
One of the few counterattacks by Town was led by Broome, who was having a deeply uncomfortable time at fly-half, as he broke with speed down the middle releasing Harry Harrison to score under the posts with Broome converting.
Harry Brown and Jordan Templer both came off the bench with Booth and Chappell sustaining knocks but Bosworth turned the screws in the last 10 minutes with three tries to secure a good home win and leave Spalding one place off the bottom.
Spalding: Waudby, Cooke, Moore, Waltham, Watts, Piccaver, Chappell, Anker, Shields, Broome, Eggleton, Williams, Harrison, Lake, Booth. Subs Browne, Brown, Templer.
Spalding are at home to Melbourne on Saturday.