SPALDING RFC 1ST 31 KESTEVEN RFC 1ST 8: Skipper Harry Sharman ran in a trio of tries to keep Town’s 100 per cent start in Midlands Two East (North) going against Kesteven on Saturday.
Brothers George and Harry Brown also added a try apiece at the Memorial Field to clinch another bonus-point triumph for flawless Spalding.
Town’s latest success keeps them a point ahead of rivals Ashbourne, who also boast a perfect return from their first four matches.
In truth, Spalding could have racked up more points – but their progress was hindered by persistent rain, especially in the second half.
The hosts needed just three minutes to open their account, as Sharman latched onto the ball and broke through the visitors’ defence to score under the posts. James West completed the conversion to make it 7-0.
Kesteven hit back when Spalding were penalised on the halfway line, with their kicker making no mistake to notch three points.
From the re-start Tom Duerden used his strength to make an opening before passing to Harry Brown, who then slipped the ball to his brother George to score under the posts. West simply converted to make the score 14-3 after 25 minutes.
Ten minutes later Spalding broke on the left and took play to within five metres of the visitors’ try line.
A Kesteven player then received a yellow card for cynical play at the back of the ruck, allowing Spalding to kick for touch on the five metre line.
They won the ball and drove for the line, with Sharman scoring again as a result.The conversion was missed, but Town were 19-3 up.
Kesteven did hit back with their only try of the game just before the break, which went unconverted.
Spalding regained their composure after the interval and it wasn’t long before they were back on the scoresheet.
Alex Ioannou broke through the middle and made 20 metres before passing to Tom Duerden to make ground. He then passed to Harry Brown, who bundled players out of his way before crossing for his side’s fourth try – and the all-important extra bonus point. West converted to put his side 26-8 ahead.
By now,the weather was having a major influence on the match and both sides were having great trouble trying to control the ball. But Spalding were probably finding the best advantages.
Sharman broke through again and was supported by Ben Williamson on the wing. Williamson made good ground before being bundled into touch at the corner.
Kesteven were under pressure but cleared their lines, however only to ten metres from their try line.
It was Spalding’s throw in and Sharman caught the ball.Once again, all of his forwards drove for the line with him and the result was that their captain recorded his third try of the match.
The conversion glanced off the posts on the wrong side, but the score had moved onto 31-8 and remained that way until the end of the match.
Town have now racked up 113 points in just four games, conceding just 65 in the process. They take a break from league action this weekend as they host Grimsby in the Lincs Cup.
Spalding RFC: Harry Sharman (captain), Pete Waudby, Jacob Harwood, Alex Ioannou, Tim Waltham, Tom Duerden, Ed Duerden, Harry Brown, Rob Lucas, James West, Andy Lal, George Brown, Richie Craig, Matty Newman, John Charlton, Sam Cooke, Mark Haighton and Ben Willamson.
• Midlands Two East (North): Ashbourne 32 Dronfield 7; Bakewell Mannerians 6 Belgrave 18; Nottingham Casuals 0 Melbourne 17; Oakham 19 Loughborough 10; Spalding 31 Kesteven 8; Stamford 5 Melton Mowbray 6.
• Midlands Three East (South): Biggleswade HWO Deepings; Brackley 10 Daventry 67; St Ives 35 Queens 29; Stewarts & Lloyds 33 Northampton Mens Own 3; Stockwood Park 72 Northampton Casuals 24; Vipers 15 Rugby St Andrews 9.
• Midlands Four East (South): Aylestone Athletic 38 Corby 21; Bedford Swifts 90 Bourne 0; St Neots 51 Old Newtonians 13; Stamford College Old Boys 0 Long Buckby 27; Thorney 42 Kempston 3; Westwood 0 Oundle 43.