RUGBY: Town targeting vital derby win

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Spalding RFC skipper Harry Sharman admits that his side need to win at rivals Market Rasen and Louth on Saturday (2.15pm).

Relegation-threatened Town are nine points behind their great rivals in Midlands One East – and a loss would leave them marooned in the bottom two.

Fly half Dave Hankinson remains absent, so 17-year-old Rhys Thompson will again start.

Sharman said: “I think we have to be looking to go there and win. If we don’t, a gap will start to open up and leave us struggling.

“We’ve played some decent stuff of late, so I’m confident. Obviously it’s not the end of our survival hopes if we don’t get a result, but it’s one of those fixtures we can target for points.

“Rasen had a cracking win over Ilkeston last time out, so that will have given them some confidence.

“It’s a blow that we’re still missing Dave Hankinson, but Rhys Thompson showed his potential last week. He has only just turned 17, but he was excellent against a very strong Peterborough Lions side.”