Buoyant coach Niall Thomson has warned Spalding RFC’s rivals that they haven’t seen the best of his talented side yet this season.
Town currently sit top of Midlands Two East (North) with four wins from as many games as they bid to bounce back immediately from last year’s relegation.
They take a break from league action to host Grimsby in the Lincolnshire Senior Cup on Saturday (3pm) – but tough taskmaster ‘Thommo’ is still searching for more from the Spalding lads.
“It’s actually been quite frustrating to watch us at times this year,” said the respected Thomson. “I’m just waiting for us to totally click.
“We’ve played some outstanding stuff in patches, but haven’t managed to put all of that into an entire game yet.
“If we can eliminate some of the silly errors we’ve been making, we’ll give somebody a really heavy beating.
“We’re much fitter than we were last season and, without wishing to sound arrogant, we’re fitter than most teams at this level too.
“I’m hoping that some of the senior players will up their game a bit and help us dominate our opposition.”
Saturday’s visitors Grimsby ply their trade in Midlands Three East (North), which is one level below Town.
They’ve managed two wins from their four games and aren’t expected to produce an upset at the Memorial Field.
The clash does represent something of an unknown for Thomson and his side, but they won’t be taking anything for granted after crashing out of the NLD Shield at Ashbourne earlier this season.
Nevertheless, Spalding will be among the favourites for the tournament, with traditional foes Scunthorpe and Market Rasen their chief rivals once again.
Thomson added: “I can’t ever remember us playing Grimsby if I’m honest.
“They’ve traditionally got a big pack of forwards, so I’ll be looking for the lads to play some expansive stuff.
“If we play like I know we can, I’m sure we’ll win.
“As a club, we’ve earmarked this tournament as one where we can integrate a few of the younger lads into the fold and that’s what we’ll look to do.”
Spalding are still without the services of the influential Rob Lucas, but Lance Charity is fit to return.
Talented young gun Harry Harrison remains sidelined too, but could make a return to the fold next month.