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Spalding set for RFU Midlands Senior Vase semi-final




The pressure is on as Spalding set their sights on a cup final.

They face Buxton in the RFU Midlands Senior Vase semi-final at the Memorial Field on Saturday (2pm kick-off).

Mid-table Spalding returned to winning ways last weekend with a home victory over Northampton BBOB in the Midlands Three East (South).

Action from Spalding’s 44-7 win over Northampton BBOB in the Midlands Three East (South) last weekend. Photos: TIM WILSON
Action from Spalding’s 44-7 win over Northampton BBOB in the Midlands Three East (South) last weekend. Photos: TIM WILSON

Captain Dan Adams said: “Last Saturday was a good performance and gave us our first win of 2020.

“This was an important win for us to get back on track after a couple of losses.

“However, there is plenty to work on and we can’t afford to rest on our laurels now.

Spalding v Northampton BBOB
Spalding v Northampton BBOB

“Saying that, I was still really impressed with how we handled ourselves once we got into the game.

“There were some outstanding individual and team tries at the weekend - Conall Mason, Willis Ingleby, Matt Holmes and Ash Ankar all running in for two each.

Spalding v Northampton BBOB
Spalding v Northampton BBOB

“There were several other opportunities to score tries and these points could have made the difference in a closer game.

“We need to be ruthless when scoring tries and not get complacent just because we’re ahead.

“Better teams will punish some of the mistakes we made on Saturday and we need to iron out some of those ahead of our semi-final this weekend.

Spalding v Northampton BBOB
Spalding v Northampton BBOB

“We have some very talented younger players making their mark in the team - but they need the experience and mentoring of some of the senior players in order to perform at their best.

“It’s a great bunch of lads to play rugby with and having that mix allows us to improve our club rugby.

“The pressure is on for us to perform in front of a home crowd and progress to the final of this RFU competition.

“Everyone in the team is preparing for this game, ready to fight tooth and nail for it.

“Composure, discipline and teamwork will be the deciding factors for this huge game.”

Buxton are second in the Midlands Three East (North) table.

In the other semi-final, Dunstablians take on Stockwood Park.


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