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RUGBY: Captain Adams calls for an away day mindset from Town

Luke Turner on the attack for Spalding. Photo by Tim Wilson.
Luke Turner on the attack for Spalding. Photo by Tim Wilson.

Spalding will be looking for another President’s weekend performance when they visit Kesteven for their first Midlands Three East (North) derby of the season on Saturday.

Boosted by a 58-17 demolition of Buxton in front of about 250 spectators at Memorial Field in their last outing, the Elephants have finally answered coach George Reid’s demands to prove they belong at the top of the division.

Town are currently third, a point ahead of Kesteven who they lost to twice last season in games where a lack of continuity in their line-ups played into the hands of the Grantham-based side.

Spalding captain Dan Adams said: “We have to travel away with the right mindset because it’s not as if it’s a game where we have a journey of two hours.

“This is one of the games we’re targeting for an away win and it’s a game that we can win if we play to our strengths.”

Adams recognised the foundation laid by forwards Luke Turner, Harry Brown, Tim Waltham, Ash Ankar, Jason Steels and Harry Sharman in their trouncing of Buxton.

Gav Sharman might have stolen the headlines with his three tries, but Waltham, Brown, Harry Sharman and Ankar with two also helped Town in racking up 58 points.

Gav Sharman scores of his three tries for Spalding against Buxton. Photo by Tim Wilson.
Gav Sharman scores of his three tries for Spalding against Buxton. Photo by Tim Wilson.

Adams said: “I think, over the last couple of weeks, we’ve been coming together and playing rugby as a team.

“We’ve had problems with players not being available and we’ve had to make changes.

“But coming into President’s weekend, we had pretty much a full array of players.

“Also, when you’re playing in front of a home crowd, with the second team at home as well, it’s a big event for us.

“Along with the training we’ve been doing in midweek, it pushed the team to do our best.

“We don’t like losing at home and when you’ve got that mindset, with everybody on the same page in terms of what you want to do, you don’t tend to lose.”

Town’s task on Saturday is to outplay Kesteven’s forward line and stop dangerous kicker Chris Galloway.

Adams said: “The coach and myself were both extremely happy with Saturday’s win as it showed that we have the capability of competing with the top teams.”


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