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Confident Spalding set for Stamford test with player/coach having pride in young team-mates




Spalding player/coach Harry Sharman has praised his "very youthful, but talented" side who are currently on a five-match winning streak.

The Elephants went through November unbeaten, with four of the wins coming away from Memorial Field.

After reaching the semi-finals of the NLD Shield at the expense of Lincolnshire rivals Kesteven, Spalding wrapped up a league win at home to Rushden & Higham.

Spalding captain Dan Adams will lead his side out against Stamford at Memorial Field on Saturday.Photo by Tim Wilson.SG-091119-036TW.
Spalding captain Dan Adams will lead his side out against Stamford at Memorial Field on Saturday.Photo by Tim Wilson.SG-091119-036TW.

But Sharman's men really impressed their fans with a dominant win at St Neots, followed by an upset of former Midlands 3 East (South) leaders Stockwood Park at the home of the Luton-based side.

"Stockwood Park was a great win because of the manner in which we played," Sharman said.

"But we should never have let it get as close as it was because we were in their territory for long periods.

Ash Anker will be missing for Spalding's game against Stamford after he was knocked out in his side's RFU Midlands Senior Vase quarter-final win at Manor Park.
Photo by Tim Wilson.SG-101118-12.
Ash Anker will be missing for Spalding's game against Stamford after he was knocked out in his side's RFU Midlands Senior Vase quarter-final win at Manor Park. Photo by Tim Wilson.SG-101118-12.

"Every game we go into is a different challenge for us.

"But the biggest thing we have in our favour at the moment is that we're fielding a very similar side every week.

"Having that stability in getting the same lads on the pitch every week is a big help.

"But we're also reaping the rewards of what we're doing on the training ground and it's pleasing for me to see that."

Conall Mason is expected to line up for Spalding against Stamford on Saturday.Photo by Tim Wilson.SG-280919-039TW.
Conall Mason is expected to line up for Spalding against Stamford on Saturday.Photo by Tim Wilson.SG-280919-039TW.

Spalding face three more games before the Christmas/New Year break, starting with a derby encounter against current league leaders Stamford at Memorial Field on Saturday (kick off 2.15pm).

The Elephants will be without forward Ash Anker who was knocked out during his side's RFU Midlands Senior Vase win at Warwickshire opponents Manor Park.

But Anker could be replaced by the returning Ash Piccaver. while scrum half Harry Exley is also expected to be available on Saturday.

Spalding player/coach Harry Sharman has helped his side to stay unbeaten through November.Photo by Tim Wilson. SG-280919-041TW.
Spalding player/coach Harry Sharman has helped his side to stay unbeaten through November.Photo by Tim Wilson. SG-280919-041TW.

Sharman said: "I'm expecting a tough, physical game against Stamford who we beat in the NLD Shield earlier this season.

"We've got a very youthful, but talented bunch of players at the club who have got a winning mentality and once you have that, it's a lot easier to hold out for the win in games."

Sharman confirmed that he is enjoying his player/coach role at Spalding, recognition of his 28 years' service to the club, six of which were spent of first XVs' captain.

"I just thought that I had something to offer the club coaching-wise and it's something I enjoy doing," Sharman said.

"It's a proud moment for me every time I pull the Spalding shirt on and it's an even better feeling with the results we're getting at the moment."


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