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Spalding to follow try bonanza with home date against 'weird' Daventry




Spalding have a hard act to follow when they host Daventry in their Midlands Three East (South) meeting at Memorial Field on Saturday (kick off 2.15pm).

The Elephants ran riot at the same venue six days ago in their 75-0 demolition of Queens, posting in 13 tries against their Bedford-based opponents who were unable to make any substitutions during the game.

Captain Dan Adams was particularly pleased to see eight different try scorers in his Spalding side, including Ed Booth who crossed over twice and kicked five conversions in his last game for the club ahead of moving to Canada.

Captain Dan Adams sees team-mate Ash Piccaver score one of Spalding's 13 tries against Queens at Memorial Field.Photo: SG010220-098TW.
Captain Dan Adams sees team-mate Ash Piccaver score one of Spalding's 13 tries against Queens at Memorial Field.Photo: SG010220-098TW.

Adams said: "I've played a lot of rugby with Ed, both for the development side and the first team.

"So it was quite nice for him to go out with an extremely decent result, scoring a couple of tries himself and having the freedom to do other things in the game as well.

"We're a little bit gutted that he's venturing out to Canada with his partner to start a new life together.

Spalding's Ed Booth crosses over for a try in his last game for the club.Photo by Tim Wilson.SG-010220-072TW.
Spalding's Ed Booth crosses over for a try in his last game for the club.Photo by Tim Wilson.SG-010220-072TW.

"Ed has been a big part of the team and we wish him all the best."

Booth will be following his former team-mates' fortunes with interest over the last 11 weeks of the season, particularly with Spalding having a Midlands Senior Vase final to look forward to at league rivals Dunstablians on March 14.

Before that though is the visit of eighth-placed Daventry, two positions and nine points behind the Elephants, in a game that would have been played in December had heavy rain not made the Memorial Field pitch unfit for rugby.

Adams said: "Daventry are a little bit of a weird team because, similar to ourselves, their away form isn't too great.

Ash Anker scored a hat-trick of tries for Spalding against Queens at Memorial Field.Photo by Tim Wilson.SG-010220-079TW.
Ash Anker scored a hat-trick of tries for Spalding against Queens at Memorial Field.Photo by Tim Wilson.SG-010220-079TW.

"It was a shame not to have played them before the new year when we were on a bit of a winning streak.

"But with the game coming after the win against Queens, we're in a nice place and as long as we don't underestimate Daventry, it's not impossible for us to come away with the win.

"It'll be an interesting game to say the least."

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