Spalding Rugby Club are beaten by Daventry in Midlands 3 East (South)
After the highs of last week’s derby victory over Bourne, Spalding were brought back down with a bit of a bump after a 43-12 away reversal at Daventry on Saturday.
With both teams having an indifferent season, lying at the wrong end of the table but having had good wins the previous week, this last away fixture for Spalding was going to be a bit of a tester.
However, they had made a flying start in the Midlands 3 East (South) clash as after two minutes of play Spalding shocked Daventry with an intercept in the backs.
The ball was moved quickly out to right wing Ben Shields who, with the home team’s defence closing in, was able to score in the corner for a stunning opener.
Fairly soon it became apparent that Spalding’s scrum was going to have a hard time with their front row of Richard Stevenson, Miguel Da Silva and Harry Cole struggling to hold Daventry’s power.
Spalding were battling to subdue Daventry and were not helped when Sam Noble was yellow carded for a high tackle, which seemed very harsh.
From the subsequent penalty kick to touch, Daventry won their line-out possession and with a planned move their tall and powerful fly half charged over the try line for a converted score.
Spalding were being forced into defence with centres George Brown and Jack Patrick impressing with their tackles as Daventry were looking to spread the ball out wide.
With half-time approaching and only two points between the teams, Daventry struck.
Spalding knocked on while defending their try line and, with their scrum in control, Daventry drove the visitors backwards to pick up their second try.
The half-time break did no favours for Spalding though as immediately from kick off they were pegged back and, with space, their left winger was over the try line.
Spalding then suffered a further yellow card to Harry Cole, for indiscipline, and during the 10 minutes that followed with a man advantage, Daventry sealed the game with two tries to go 29-5 points up.
Daventry also had a tall front line-out jumper in competition with Spalding’s Will Shields, while Alan Charevicius was being lifted towards the back of the line-out. Both were being challenged for possession.
Daventry, inside their own 22, then stole a Spalding line-out and moved the ball out wide through their backs and with missed tackles by the visitors a further try was conceded.
Finally Spalding were able to put their game plan together using their forwards to carry the ball forward with Ash Anker and Noble leading the way.
The ball was being recycled from a series of rucks on Daventry’s try line and finally centre George Brown crashed through their tackles to score with a good conversion from fly half Conall Mason.
However, the final try of the afternoon was scored by Daventry to leave Spalding third-from-bottom of the table with just one match remaining, a home clash with Dunstablians on Saturday, April 23.
Spalding: Richard Stevenson, Miguel Da Silva, Harry Cole, Ash Anker, Alan Charevicius, Will Shields, Will Stevenson, Sam Noble, Adam Sutcliffe, Conall Mason, Callum Lewis, George Brown, Jack Patrick, Ben Shields, George Douglas, Subs: Macauley Crane, Ed Williams.