RUGBY: Town targeting a vital victory

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Loughborough RFC v Spalding RFC (Saturday, 3pm): TOWN can take a massive step towards Midlands One East survival if they can overcome one of their chief rivals in their own back yard.

Harry Sharman’s side go into their final away league fixture of the season just two points above the drop zone – but within striking distance of opponents Loughborough above them.

A victory would ensure Spalding enter the final day of the season with their fate in their own hands, but defeat could prove disastrous.

Skipper Sharman, who has shaken off a sickness bug, said: “The most important thing is that everything is still in our hands. It’d be great to be able to say that next week too.

“If we can win on Saturday it’d be huge and we would drag Loughborough into the mix too.

“It’s going to be a very difficult game, though. They had a bit of a blip midway through the season, but have come back strong and picked up some great results.

“It’s safe to say that we’ll need at least one win from our last two games to stay in this league.”

Key quartet Dave Hankinson, Josh McNally, Jimmy Rowlands and Richie Craig are unavailable, but Fraser Welsh and Craig Dowse are ready to return.

Brothers Tom and Ed Duerden are also in the frame to start, while Kev Childs (hamstring) and Jim Williams (hand) are winning their respective fitness battles.

Loughborough won the reverse at the Memorial Field 22-13 and picked up a fine 30-30 draw at Kettering last time out.