JUNIOR RUGBY: Spalding youngsters turn on the style at festival

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JUBILANT Spalding RFC U/10s saw off nine other teams to win the West Norfolk festival.

They kicked off with an easy 6-0 success over Swaffham in pool one, before a feisty clash against a Peterborough side that had beaten them the previous week.

This time Town’s youngsters were very aggressive in the contact area and got the better of the exchanges, running out 2-0 winners.

Spalding then met the tournament hosts West Norfolk, who were very big and physical and played their strengths well. Town had taken an early 1-0 lead, but a late try ensured it finished 1-1.

That left Spalding needing a win over Norwich to secure a final place

The youngsters were in no mood to go home early though, and were clinical in their approach.

Playing great rugby, Spalding ran out worthy winners to book a final against unbeaten Wymondham, who were winners of pool two.

Starting well, Spalding scored first in the corner through William Wand, who broke down the blindside and dived over the line.

But Wymondham worked some great patterns of play and equalised before the interval.

After the break Wand picked the ball up in his own half and, showing great speed, raced through to score in the corner.

Again Wymondham levelled, but there was still time for Adam Johnson to glide through and score what proved to be the winning try.

Spalding were resolute and patient in defence as they ran the clock down – and a knock on following a big tackle secured the win against a Wymondham team that had not lost for two years.