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Spalding prepare for 'quite a test' at Rushden & Higham




Spalding captain Dan Adams is welcoming a tough run of games for his side that includes a Midlands Senior Vase final in just nine days time.

The Elephants visit Rushden & Higham in their first Midlands Three East (South) fixture of the month on Saturday ahead of a chance to win silverware in Bedfordshire a week later.

But for Adams and his team-mates can think about the final at Dunstablians, they will be looking to extend their winning run to five games.

Dan Adams (right) and Conall Mason in action for Spalding against Stockwood Park on Saturday.Photo: SG-290220-035TW.
Dan Adams (right) and Conall Mason in action for Spalding against Stockwood Park on Saturday.Photo: SG-290220-035TW.

Adams said: "Going away to Rushden & Higham is really what we need going into a cup final.

"They are a good side who are a few places behind is in the table.

"I think it'll be quite a test for us, but we're getting better with each game and as long as we approach Rushden as a challenge, I'm quietly confident in my team's ability to go out and get a result.

Spalding have to defend against Stockwood Park on Saturday.Photo: SG-290220-038TW.
Spalding have to defend against Stockwood Park on Saturday.Photo: SG-290220-038TW.

Spalding completed a perfect February with a hard-fought 18-5 win over Stockwood Park at Memorial Field last Saturday.

Two tries by player-coach Harry Sharman helped Town in securing a double over the one-time league leaders.

Adams said: "Stockwood Park were definitely a step up in terms of opposition, something we knew going into the game.

"Against a team as well-drilled and very forceful as Stockwood Park were, we needed to put in a very dominant performance to beat them.

Gav Sharman (right) was one of Spalding's try scorers against Stockwood Park on Saturday.Photo: SG-290220-039TW.
Gav Sharman (right) was one of Spalding's try scorers against Stockwood Park on Saturday.Photo: SG-290220-039TW.

"We had days in February when we beat teams by a large number of points.

"But while these results may look good on paper, you don't get the chance to put things into your game that you would do if you came up against teams who punish your mistakes."

Spalding will be without hooker John Barrett for Saturday's game so Adams is relieved that his side have the strength in depth to replace him.

Spalding hooker John Barrett (front) will miss Spalding's league game at Rushden & Higham this Saturday.Photo: SG-290220-045TW.
Spalding hooker John Barrett (front) will miss Spalding's league game at Rushden & Higham this Saturday.Photo: SG-290220-045TW.

"We have a core team of players who want to play the best rugby they can," Adams said.

"Availability is no longer a concern but going away to Rushden & Higham will be a real test of our mettle ahead of the cup final at Dunstablians."


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