RUGBY: Town skipper has high hopes for 2013

FLYING HIGH: Harry Sharman (centre) is gunning for silverware.
FLYING HIGH: Harry Sharman (centre) is gunning for silverware.
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Ambitious Spalding RFC captain Harry Sharman hopes that his resurgent side will be gunning for success on three fronts in 2013.

Priority number one for Town, who finished last year with three wins on the spin, is securing their status as a Midlands One East side.

But they can afford to dream of silverware too, with semi-final clashes in the NLD Shield (versus Newark) and Lincs Cup (versus Market Rasen and Louth) also on the horizon.

Having turned their season around dramatically in the final two months of 2012, few would back against Spalding’s young side enjoying a prosperous second half of the season.

“We’re not kidding ourselves, we’ve still got lots to do if we want to stay in our current league,” admitted Sharman. “We’re battling with a number of very good sides, so anything could happen.

“But we’ve got a good young side that is only going to get better. After a difficult start, the lads have really found their peak form and fitness.

“The experience that the younger lads have gained is 
invaluable and the team is now benefiting from that.

“We want to stay in this league. As a sportsman you want to be challenged – and that’s what we’ve got here, week in, week out. It’s no good dropping down a level and winning every game easily.

“There’s no reason why we can’t push for a trophy too. Newark and Rasen will be tough tests, but we’ve beaten them both this season.

“Some silverware is definitely a target for us to aim for.”

Before cup fever grips Spalding, they welcome high-flying Bedford Athletic to the Memorial Field for a crunch league clash on Saturday (2.15pm).

Fourth-placed Bedford romped to a 99-7 victory in the September reverse, in what was the darkest chapter of Town’s season so far.

Spalding are a different animal now though – and Sharman, who watched last year’s mauling from the sidelines, is eager for his side to keep their winning run going.

He added: “Bedford are a very good side. I remember watching the last game against us, it was as bad as we’ve been in my time here. Saturday will be a massive game, coming back after the winter break is always interesting. Time seems to have flown by, but I’m looking forward to getting back on the field.

“We need to build on the run we were on before Christmas and try and keep that going.”

Spalding actually come into the game in much better form than Bedford, who lost two of their previous three games before the break.

Although Athletic are one of the league’s top points scorers away from home, they have lost three of their eight games on the road this season.

That will boost Town, who go into the clash with a clean bill of health.