PREVIEW: Spalding v Melbourne

  • Midlands Two East (North)
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Spalding’s inability to repeat their home form in away matches could cost them their place in Midlands Two East (North) for next season, according to skipper Sam Cooke.

The warning comes ahead of Saturday’s game against Melbourne at Memorial Field (kick-off 2.15pm) where Town will look to make it five home league wins in a row.

But the Elephants’ 44-7 defeat at Market Bosworth last Saturday has brought back fears of relegation, despite the result being understandable as coach Bruno Figuireido was without first-choice backs Harry Sharman, George Brown and vice-captain Adam McHugh.

Returning young winger Tom Winch and the injured James West were also missing from the side at Cadeby Lane.

But Cooke said: “I was disappointed with the score at Bosworth, even though they were a well-drilled side.

“We didn’t have the passion that we had at our previous game (the 9-8 home win over Mansfield) and didn’t take our form away with us which was a little disapointing for me as well.

“It’s unlucky that we had a completely different back line but we need to get accustomed to travelling away from Memorial Field if we want to be in this league next season.

“It would be sad to lose out on playing in a league that I feel we deserve to play in.”

Spalding will be without Pete Waudby while Sharman, Brown and Sion Williams all face fitness tests.

Cooke said: “Melbourne will come with a strong side and determined to prove a point after we took a 12-10 half-time lead against them last October.

“In my view, we threw it away at their place so we want to make the match at Memorial Field a tough one for them.”