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'The performance was first class' says Spalding captain after classic semi-final win

Captain Dan Adams was full of praise for Spalding's top-class performance after booking their place in the RFU Midlands Senior Vase final for the first time.

In a classic contest at the Memorial Field, they beat Buxton 10-0 through Ed Booth's two tries to set up a date against Dunstablians.

Adams said: "The performance the players put in on Saturday was first class.

Spalding v Buxton
Spalding v Buxton

"Defensively we were outstanding and every single player put their body on the line to make sure Buxton were denied entry to our 22, let alone our try line.

"Our forwards had a very physical battle against a very large and strong Buxton pack.

"Our perseverance paid off as we started to push them back in their scrums with John Barrett, Luke Turner and Jacob Greaves giving us a solid front three platform.

Spalding v Buxton
Spalding v Buxton

"Ash Piccaver and Ash Anker worked hard around the pitch, making important carries and getting important turnovers at the breakdown.

"The back three of Ryan Chappell, Harry Sharman and Harry Cole were instrumental in stretching the Buxton pack across the park which paved the way for our opportunities in the second half.

Spalding v Buxton
Spalding v Buxton

"Having a solid platform provided by the forwards allowed the backs to execute their game plan.

"With Ben Shields and Willis Ingleby controlling the game and providing excellent balls out to the myself and George Brown at centre, we were able to break through the opposing defence and get over the game line to set up quick ball.

"This then released the back three of Matt Holmes, Conall Mason and Ed who, with their speed and step, danced round the remaining defence - only to be stopped by Buxton's superb covering defence.

"After chasing down a superb kick through, Ed was able to dot down over the line for our first try.

"Shortly after, following being put in the red zone, the forwards set a solid base for the ball to be worked out all the way to Ed who secured our second try.

"With some changes made, Rob Lucas and Miguel Da Silva bringing fresh legs and clear minds on to the pitch, the result was never in doubt. Big hand to Will Cole who stepped up for the first team when asked.

"I'm so proud of the players who put their all in this weekend.

"It was a great result. The club and the players are now more determined than ever to put in the hard work and see us lift the silverware after what will be a battle between us and Dunstablians in the final."

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