RUGBY UNION: Spalding concede century of points

  • Midlands Two East (North) - West Bridgford 100 Spalding 0
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This thrashing was not unexpected but the scale of the defeat certainly takes the shine off Spalding’s recent performances where they have been in contention and given the opposition a hard-fought game.

The first minute set the tone of the day as Spalding kicked off with West Bridgford gathering the ball in and immediate spinning it out along the backs to the left-winger who evaded his tackler and scored in the corner.

For the next 15 minutes the home team ran riot, using their pace and power and exposing Spalding’s defensive weaknesses.

With the scoreline already reading 33-0, the win and bonus point had been secured so it was going to be a long, hard afternoon for the visitors.

The team that Spalding fielded was predominantly Nomads players stepping in with majority of the regular first-teamers unavailable due to a mounting injury list, holiday and work commitments plus illness.

Not unexpectedly the gap in fitness, physicality and skill levels between the two teams was severely exposed as Spalding struggled to get into the game with both the scrum and lineout under pressure.

It was difficult for Spalding to firstly get hold of possession and then to retain the ball for any length of time.

The half-time whistle, with the score at 50-0, allowed a breathing space and time to regroup.

In fact early in the second half Spalding stepped up their intensity and while their forwards had the ball in hand they made inroads, but as soon as the ball went wide there were always gaps and overlaps for Bridgford to continue their scoring spree.

The second half took its toll on the players with John Barrett, George Reid and George Douglas all sustaining injuries and having to be replaced.

During the last 20 minutes Spalding were down to only 14 players left on the field, resulting in Bridgford being able to run in a final hatfull of tries and reaching the 100-point mark with the last play of the game.

Spalding: Barrett, Caley, Reid, Brown, Hudson, Bailey, Cole, Steels, W Shields, Douglas, Browne, Lane, Elsey, B Shields, Sharman. Subs: Figueirido, McClaren.