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Spalding v Bakewell Mannerians
Spalding v Bakewell Mannerians

A stunning start to the season from Spalding produced 11 tries.

The game was only a minute old when the forwards stormed into Bakewell Mannerians territory and George Brown scored by the posts.

Ten minutes later Will Shields went around the blind side of a ruck, sidestepped a couple of tackles and was on the scoreboard.

Left-winger Gav Sharman showed he had not lost any of his pace, evading the Bakewell defence for his first try.

Fifteen minutes into the game and Spalding were
already up by 17 points with the visitors struggling to get out of their own half.

The foundations of the outstanding performance were being laid down by the forwards who had complete domination in the scrum and were first to the breakdown led by Ash Ankar.

Prop Jacob Greaves claimed a try from a ruck a metre out, followed by hooker John Barrett bursting through.

Open side flanker Jason Steels was next up, bursting through Bakewell’s tackles to score followed a minute later by fly-half Willis Ingleby using his pace and skills to slice open the defence and with his conversion Spalding had racked up 41 first-half points.

Bakewell’s solitary response was a driving maul from a lineout, well converted.

To their credit, Bakewell responded early in the second half by pinning Spalding deep into their 22.

A series of penalties allowed Bakewell’s fly-half to kick to touch on the five-metre line and with Spalding adopting a strategy of not contesting the lineout, the away side finally established another successful driving maul to double their score.

Ben Shields found Ingleby in space from a ruck and
captain Dan Adams scored under the posts.

Bakewell continued to struggle at the tackle area with Ankar winning a series of turnover balls in an outstanding game without getting onto the scoresheet.

Gav Sharman rounded a weakening defence for his
second try followed minutes later by Harry Sharman
throwing a dummy pass and waltzing through the gap to score under the posts.

The final action was a delightful opportunistic try by Ben Shields. Spotting a lack of blind side defence by Bakewell at a ruck, he seized his chance to dart for the try line and cut back inside.

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