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RUGBY UNION: Spalding hoping for home comforts

Kesteven v Spalding (4718930)
Kesteven v Spalding (4718930)

Spalding face Sleaford in the NLD Cup at the Memorial Field on Saturday (3pm kick-off).

They are looking to extend an excellent home record into knockout action.

But they must bounce back from last weekend's league defeat at Kesteven.

Captain Dan Adams said: "It was a disappointing result but completely reflected the way we played.

"In the first half we seemed to have a solid defence, with the exception of being caught out once with no full-back, but withstood some strong running from Kesteven.

"Lineouts did not go our way and we looked to use our scrum to set up passages of play

"We also made a lot of ground running up the slope against the wind but forced the errors with the last pass. However, we managed to come away with some points.

"The second half seemed all to play for but we didn't put them under pressure or make use of the slope or wind to pin them in their 22.

"This meant we were trying to play too much in our own 22. We put ourselves under pressure and ultimately allowed a very soft try in to hand the win to Kesteven. It was an away fixture we surely missed out on securing another five-point win.

"The boys need to focus on late game fitness, ball handling and support play.

"If we can get rid of the mistakes made against Kesteven there is no reason why we can't beat Sleaford at home in Saturday's cup match."

Opportunity thrown away in second-half display

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