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Spalding have chance to play at Twickenham after Midlands RFU Senior Vase success at Dunstablians




Spalding Rugby Football Club (RFC) are just two matches away from what would be the biggest achievement in its 97-year-history.

The Elephants lifted the Midlands RFU Senior Vase for the first time ever after a 26-15 win at another Midlands Three East (South) side, Dunstablians, on Saturday.

Four tries from John Barrett, captain Dan Adams, Gav Sharman and Will Shields were backed up with three conversions by Spalding kicker Conall Mason.

Spalding are due to play Wetherby in the RFU Senior Vase national semi-final.Photo: SG-310819-034TW.
Spalding are due to play Wetherby in the RFU Senior Vase national semi-final.Photo: SG-310819-034TW.

Spalding are now through to a four-team play-off, with a national semi-final against West Yorkshire side Wetherby due to be played next.

If they win, Spalding could be line for a potential derby against King's Lynn-based West Norfolk at Twickenham, the home of English rugby union where RFU Senior Vase final is staged.

Alternatively, the Elephants could face Gloucester-based side Chosen Hill Former Pupils who beat Milton Keynes in the South West divisional final also played on Saturday.

Spalding RFC chairman Martin Beecham.Photo: SG-060219-22.
Spalding RFC chairman Martin Beecham.Photo: SG-060219-22.

Spalding RFC chairman Martin Beecham said: "Congratulations go to the whole squad on winning Spalding RFC's first-ever divisional cup, The Midlands RFU Senior Vase, by turning over a very competitive Dunstablians side in their own backyard on Saturday.

"We have had success over the years in winning Lincolnshire County Cups, league titles and promotions, so it is fantastic to be able to add a divisional title to this list.

"The performance on Saturday was composed, the defence was aggressive and the decision-making in offence and attack in every area of the field was a credit to all of the players involved.

"This victory is for everyone involved in the playing squad over the season to date, including the supporting Nomads second team squad who stepped up to play in some of the earlier rounds and who supported in numbers on the touchline on Saturday.

Spalding player/coach Harry Sharman (right) and ex-1st XVs captain Ryan Chappell with the Midlands Senior Vase.Photo supplied.(31572765)
Spalding player/coach Harry Sharman (right) and ex-1st XVs captain Ryan Chappell with the Midlands Senior Vase.Photo supplied.(31572765)

"But this result is down not only to the players performance on Saturday, but also to the preparation and work put in on the training field in recent weeks and months by coaches Harry Sharman and Ali Sharp, alongside the leadership of captain Dan Adams."


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