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The third national lockdown has put the completion of the hockey season in doubt and pushed back hopes of rugby starting again after nearly a year.

It was set to be a good season for the Spalding Rugby Club, with their last competitive game being their Midlands RFU Senior Vase victory last March.

There was optimism before Christmas when it was announced a local cluster league would start this month, but now this joy has been cut short.

Harry Sharman in action for Spalding. Photo by Tim Wilson. SG-071219-073TW. (24261612)
Harry Sharman in action for Spalding. Photo by Tim Wilson. SG-071219-073TW. (24261612)

Despite training twice a week for the last few weeks, player/coach Harry Sharman said: “We haven’t played any competitive rugby at all for what is closing in on a year now.

“It’s disappointing for all of us, especially with the added importance of mental health over this year – playing rugby just alleviates some of that.

“But, there’s more important things going on in the world than us playing rugby and so we have to put that into context first.

Long Sutton Ladies 1sts in action.
Long Sutton Ladies 1sts in action.

“I think it’s time for the whole country to band together, and to try to get back to some sort of normality.”

England Hockey has issued a statement saying grassroots and club hockey is “suspended for the foreseeable future.”

New restrictions leave a doubt in how the remaining games of the season can be finished for both Long Sutton and Spalding Hockey Clubs.

Most of Long Sutton’s teams were enjoying relatively impressive campaigns with their first team currently unbeaten in their division, so it will be of deep regret for them that their season will probably not be completed.

Spalding firsts have enjoyed a great season to date, as they sit in fifth in the second top division, with aspirations of being promoted.

However, it will allow the ladies firsts to regroup and hopefully have a better campaign next time around as they are currently sat towards the bottom of the league, with just one win all season.

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