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Spalding Rugby Club's second team defeat Huntingdon

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With the first team having no scheduled game on Saturday, the focus was on Spalding’s second string this weekend as they ran out 22-12 winners in a home match with Huntingdon.

The visitors had stepped in at late notice during the week after Lincoln pulled out, and Spalding had to lend Huntingdon four players to make up their team.

However, from the kick-off, the early signs were that this was going to be a competitive game with the visitors’ scrum looking very solid and the two centres quick to close down space.

Spalding’s second team who defeated Huntingdon on Saturday
Spalding’s second team who defeated Huntingdon on Saturday

Spalding had speed and experience in the backs with Rob Lucas at scrum half delivering excellent passes to fly half Taylor Crowson and, with centres Wilson Crowson and Harvey King looking to use their pace, a good game was in prospect.

Early on the hosts were taking the game to Huntingdon as they were camped in the opposition’s 22, but an interception saw their left winger break free to run the length of the pitch for the opening try and, with a successful conversion, the visitors had an early lead.

Not deterred, Spalding responded with a great scrum back in the visitors’ 22 - with locks Dave Mackay and Jordan Templar providing the power which allowed Spalding number eight Harry Cole to break down the blind side to dive over the try line.

It was now an end-to-end game with some great flowing rugby, and just before half-time Spalding had a great penetrating break by Wilson Crowson to gain territory.

Harvey King followed up with a side-step, cutting back inside to score for Spalding to go three points up.

With Dave Mackay suffering a leg injury, Harry Brown came off the subs bench and it was evident that Huntingdon were looking to get back into the game as quickly as possible with their intensity of play which saw their centre and Harry Cole yellow-carded.

However, from a good scrum by the Spalding forwards, with Toby Hollis and Charlie Goodwin prominent as they broke free, the experience of Harry Brown spotted an opening to charge through and, with Taylor Crowson converting, the hosts had a 10-point lead.

Huntingdon were not down and out and they came back at Spalding, using their experienced forwards - including Spalding’s Pete Waudby - with some big carries and they pulled a try back.

As the match entered the last quarter there was only one a try difference between the teams.

However, Spalding were not going to be denied a win and, from a line-out throw by Will Stevenson won by Templer, a driving maul was established.

As the Huntingdon players were sucked in, Brown broke through and, as the tackles came in, reached out to just touch down to seal the win.

It was a highly entertaining and competitive game watched by a good crowd of supporters.

Spalding’s first team return to Midlands 3 South (East) action on Saturday when they travel to Corby to face Stewart and Lloyds.

Spalding: Charlie Goodwin, Miguel Da Silva, Justin Cole, Jordan Templer, Toby Hollis, Will Stevenson, Dave Mackay, Harry Cole, Rob Lucas, Taylor Crowson, Fabian Simpson, Wilson Crowson, Harvey King, Alan Charevicious, Josh Styles. Sub: Harry Brown

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