Dronfield RFC 1st 20 Spalding RFC 1st 32: Matty Newman ran in two tries at Dronfield on Saturday to help Spalding RFC climb to the top of Midlands Two East (North).
Tom Duerden and Josh Finch were also try scorers in North East Derbyshire as Town made it three wins from as many league games – and picked up a bonus point to boot.
A sensational first-half showing was the catalyst for Spalding’s success, with the Memorial Field side making the most of a discernible slope to rack up a 25-0 lead.
They had to wait until the 25th minute to register their first points, though.
From their own 25 metre line Spalding broke clear on the right and the final pass went to full back Newman, who beat three defenders before going over to score wide out.
The gusty wind – which made conditions tricky all afternoon – took the conversion wide of the posts.
Spalding skipper Harry Sharman then opened up the visitors’ defence and linked with Rob Lucas before being stopped only 10 metres short of the line.
The attack continued and Sharman was held up within touching distance of the target, before managing to get the ball away to Duerden who used his strength to score in the corner. Again, the conversion sailed wide.
Town were starting to play more constructive rugby and kicked for touch some 45 metres out.
They won the lineout ball and made ground in the centre of the pitch before the ball went to Brown, who used his power and pace to break through four tackles before going over for the third try, which went unconverted.
There was some success with the boot soon after, as James West used the elements to kick home a huge 55-metre penalty.
With only two minutes of the half left it was skipper Sharman who again broke clear before linking with Finch. He passed to George Brown, who made a good break before passing out to Newman to touch down again – leaving a simpler conversion for West to make it 25-0 at the break.
Dronfield had the elements in their favour after the break though – and soon reduced the Town lead to 25-13 with two penalties and a converted try.
But Spalding nipped the comeback in the bud when centre George Brown cut across field to the left hand side before passing to his brother Harry Brown, who linked with breakaway forward Finch to score in the narrowest of spaces .
That rendered a late converted penalty try as consolation for the hosts, as unbeaten Town moved a point clear of Ashbourne.
Town: Harry Sharman (captain), Alex Ioannou, Jacob Harwood, Pete Waudby, Tom Duerden, Tim Waltham, Josh Finch, Harry Brown, Rob Lucas, James West, Andy Lal, George Brown, Richie Craig, Matty Newman, Rob Mason, Ed Duerden and Huw Sharman.
• Sat: Town v Kesteven (3pm).