RUGBY: Town aiming for high finish this season

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Spalding RFC skipper Harry Sharman believes there is no reason why his side can’t make the top four in Midlands One East League this season.

After an impressive showing last time around by Town, Sharman believes they can continue this form into the upcoming league run.

He said: “Realistically with the squad we have, added to last season’s results, we should be aiming for the top four or five. Anything higher is a bonus.”

Town begin their campaign away at Ilkeston on Saturday and will be hoping to avenge the loss inflicted upon them on the final day of last season.

Sharman, who was suspended for that game, said: “It was a big test for the team but we put up a good fight. If the lads turn up and play to the best of their abilities then there’s no reason why we can’t compete with teams like Ilkeston and Derby.”

Sharman was dealt a cruel blow in Saturday’s pre-season friendly against Kettering, when it was thought he may be out for six weeks with a suspected torn hamstring. However, he may be back within four weeks.

The captain said: “The physio thinks it is more of a pull than a tear. I have been treating it with ice and hopefully we should be able to get a better idea of how long I’ll be out for next week when the swelling goes down.”

Town have no other injury worries going into this weekend’s opening, although second-row Tom Duerden is a doubt after missing Tuesday’s training session with a hip problem, but could be back training tonight.

Winger Oli Phillips returns to the side this weekend after missing Saturday’s friendly, as does prop Peter Shakespeare.