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Spalding face testing time of league and cup fixtures over coming weeks




Spalding rugby union captain Dan Adams has predicted that his side's run of eight consecutive matches over the next seven weeks will "test our mentality".

The Elephants' scheduled visit to Rushden & Higham in Midlands Three East (South) was called off last Saturday as Storm Dennis played havoc with the weekend's sporting fixtures.

Adams and his team-mates are back in action against St Neots at Memorial Field on Saturday (kick off 2.15pn) when they will be hoping to continue their try scoring habit that saw them run in a total of 118 points against Queens and Daventry in recent weeks.

Captain Dan Adams in action for Spalding against Daventry at Memorial Field.Photo by Tim Wilson.SG-080220-066aTW.
Captain Dan Adams in action for Spalding against Daventry at Memorial Field.Photo by Tim Wilson.SG-080220-066aTW.

But Spalding will be without front row prop Harry Cole who has a shoulder injury.

Adams said: "A lot of us were gutted about Saturday's postponement because we wanted to carry on the great form we've been showing recently.

"Rushden & Higham would have been a good test to see of we could continue with that form ahead of a number of home games.

Spalding are favourites to beat bottom side St Neots at Memorial Field on Saturday.Photo: SG-180120-099TW.
Spalding are favourites to beat bottom side St Neots at Memorial Field on Saturday.Photo: SG-180120-099TW.

"We're going to be playing a game on Saturday, a game in midweek and then another game on Saturday which is going to test our mentality to see if we can manage that."

Part of the reason for Spalding's fixture congestion is their involvement in two cup competitions, including a Midlands Senior Vase final against Dunstablians on Saturday, March 14.

But the Elephants also have to make room for an NLD Shield semi-final at home to Market Rasen between now and the competition's climax on Saturday, April 25.

Adams said: "We have a few players who are coming back from injury.

Ben Shields scores for Spalding in their 75-0 win over Queens at Memorial Field.Photo: SG-010220-073TW.
Ben Shields scores for Spalding in their 75-0 win over Queens at Memorial Field.Photo: SG-010220-073TW.

"But there's nothing that prepares you for a game than actual match time."

Spalding have been warned by Adams to avoid any complacency against bottom side St Neots who are yet to win in the league this season.

"The problem with playing a team at the bottom of the league is that they have nothing to lose and they won't be afraid to try new things," Adams said.

Spalding's Matty Holmes crosses over against Daventry.Photo by Tim Wilson.SG-080220-071TW.
Spalding's Matty Holmes crosses over against Daventry.Photo by Tim Wilson.SG-080220-071TW.

"But I'm quietly confident that as long as we don't become complacent, we can nullify their threat in the air and at lineouts.

"When we played them last November, St Neots were very quick to capitalise on our mistakes.

"This has been our undoing this season so we'll probably approach this game with a clean slate.

Prop Harry Cole (second right, with captain Dan Adams) will be missing for Spalding at home to St Neots on Saturday.Photo: SG-071219-071TW.
Prop Harry Cole (second right, with captain Dan Adams) will be missing for Spalding at home to St Neots on Saturday.Photo: SG-071219-071TW.

"Their backs are quite quick but with the likes of Matty Holmes and Ben Shields on the wing, who are both good tacklers, they can generally get their man.

"There'll be a build-up to the game in training and then we'll hope that most players will see Saturday as a chance to put points on the board."

. Spalding Rugby Club is hosting a women versus men's charity match at the New Ground, off Drain Bank North, on Sunday, February 23, at noon.

All monies raised will be shared between the club and the Armed Forces' charity, Help for Heroes.


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