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Midlands Three East (South) preview - Spalding v Oakham




Spalding go into Saturday's Midlands Three East (South) home again against Oakham with a new sense of confidence after a heart-stopping win in the cup at home.

The Elephants edged past Mellish in a titanic Midlands Senior Vase third round clash at Memorial Field where youth and experience found a way to overcome strong opposition.

First XV captain Dan Adams hopes the formula well serve his side well in the league against an Oakham team who are fifth in the league, having won one game more than their hosts.

Captain Dan Adams bursts forward for Spalding' during their exciting win over Mellish in the third round of the Midlands Senior Vase at Memorial Field.Photo by Tim Wilson.SG-121019-021TW
Captain Dan Adams bursts forward for Spalding' during their exciting win over Mellish in the third round of the Midlands Senior Vase at Memorial Field.Photo by Tim Wilson.SG-121019-021TW

Adams said: "It was an extremely tough game against Mellish, but one where we definitely dug our hells in to get the win.

"We had a few old heads who came back into the team which gave us the edge when it came to pushing the team forward.

"But there are a lot of players coming through the club as well, putting in the hard yards on the training field.

Willis Ingleby is congratulated after scoring Spalding's first try against Mellish in their Midlands Senior Vase tie at Memorial Field.Photo by Tim Wilson. SG-121019-018TW
Willis Ingleby is congratulated after scoring Spalding's first try against Mellish in their Midlands Senior Vase tie at Memorial Field.Photo by Tim Wilson. SG-121019-018TW

"We've got the Crowson brothers, Taylor and Wilson, Conall Mason, Willis Ingleby at full back, Ben Shields on the wing and Conor Lilburn who is making great strides in terms of learning the game.

"Oakham are always a very physical side, but we don't really need to know what the opposition are about.

"As long as we play our rugby and use our big, fit forwards to draw them out wide, then we can use the pace of our backs to strike out.

"It seems to work every time we use this strategy and, compared to last season, we have a lot more pace in the back line which helps us in spreading the ball out and running it wide."

Ryan Chappell on his way to scoring Spalding's second try against Mellish.Photo by Tim Wilson.SG-121019-016TW
Ryan Chappell on his way to scoring Spalding's second try against Mellish.Photo by Tim Wilson.SG-121019-016TW

Meanwhile, youngsters from Spalding Rugby Club got a taste of the game at professional level when they formed a guard of honour at Leicester Tigers ahead of their Premiership Rugby Cup clash with Northampton Saints at the weekend.

Town under-11s' coach Andy Delay said: "This age group has never done anything like this before, although some of our younger and older boys have been down to Tigers and gone through their academy programme.

"We took 20 kids to Welford Road for the game and they were excited, having spent the previous two weeks thinking about the game."

Youngsters from Spalding Rugby Club form a guard of honour ahead of Leicester Tigers' home game against Northampton Saints in the Premiership Rugby Cup on Saturday.Photo supplied.
Youngsters from Spalding Rugby Club form a guard of honour ahead of Leicester Tigers' home game against Northampton Saints in the Premiership Rugby Cup on Saturday.Photo supplied.

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