RUGBY: Spalding surge into county semi

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Spalding RFC 1st 65 Grimsby RFC 1st 21: Spalding’s hot-streak continued as they breezed past Grimsby to seal their spot in the semi-finals of the Lincolnshire Senior Cup.

Terrific Town ran in 65 points against their lower-graded visitors at the Memorial Field on Saturday, setting up a last four clash with Midlands Two East (North) rivals Kesteven in the process.

It’s now five wins on the bounce for Spalding, who top their league with an ublemished record too.

It took 15 minutes for them to open their account, with Ed Duerden winning the ball from a lineout before seeing skipper Harry Sharman go over after a successful drive from the forwards.

They added a second try moments later after kicking a penalty into touch. Sharman won the lineout and found Tom Duerden, drove forward before passing to Josh Finch, who touched down to make it 10-0.

Spalding winger Andy Lal then pounced on a loose ball and used his pace to score try number three near the posts, allowing James West to convert.

The tries kept on coming, as Sharman broke left from a scrum before passing to his winger Matty Newman to score his first in Town colours to make it 22-0 at half time. Not content with that, Newman soon doubled his money with another try in the corner following more strong work from the forward line.

Grimsby replied with a converted penalty try, but it failed to derail the hosts’ progress.

Harry Brown broke clear from his position at the base before linking with the ever alert Jacob Harwood, who crossed for the next try near the corner.

Although the conversion again failed, more points arrived when Ben Williamson made ground before passing to centre George Brown, who returned the ball to Williamson to cross at full stretch.

Not long afterwards a break by debutant winger Ed Booth saw the ball go inside to Tom Duerden, who used his strength to drive forward before Sharman took the ball on and passed for another new face, centre Gareth Ramsden, to score close to the posts. West converted on this occassion.

A converted Grimsby score pegged Spalding back to 44-14, but they weren’t finished yet.

A quick tap penalty gave Ed Duerden the opportunity to score in the corner, allowing West to register a super conversion.

There was no let-up from Town, as Sharman broke through the visitors’ defence before passing to Finch to go over for his second try, which a revitalised West easily converted.

With Grimsby now flagging, Ramsden broke clear to scored his second try – having run the length of the pitch unopposed. West obliged with the conversion.

The away side did end on a high note with a try in the corner, but it failed to taint a top Town show.

Spalding RFC: Harry Sharman (captain), Pete Waudby, Jacob Harwood, Sam Cooke, Tom Duerden, Ed Duerden, Josh Finch, Harry Brown, Lance Charity, James West, Andy Lal, George Brown, Ben Williamson, John Charlton, Josh Caley, Gareth Ramsden, Ed Booth and Matty Newman.

• Saturday: Loughborough RFC v Spalding RFC (3pm).