Spalding face bottom of table clash at Casuals

Spalding Rugby Club return to action this weekend. ANL-160924-184115001
Spalding Rugby Club return to action this weekend. ANL-160924-184115001
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It’s back to league action for all local rugby teams this weekend.

Spalding Rugby Club First XV will be hoping to build on their thrilling first victory of the season against Newark two weeks ago when they visit Nottingham Casuals in a vital bottom of the table clash on Saturday.

Spalding are currently bottom of the table, with one win from seven games and seven points, while Casuals are just one place above them, also with one win but eight points.

A positive result in this fixture would see Spalding move up from the basement.

They broke their league duck in the most dramatic fashion when they mounted a sterling fightback from a 17-point deficit to defeat Newark, snatching a remarkable 32-29 win with a last-ditch penalty.

After a poor start to the league campaign and disappointing NLD Shield Cup exit at the hands of Sleaford, the Newark performance should give them renewed confidence going into Saturday’s game.

With the firsts on the road at Nottingham, Spalding Second XV are at home to Rushden & Higham Second XV, also hoping for an improvement in their league form after three defeats in their opening four games. This game kicks off at 2.15pm.

In Midlands 4 East (South) both Deepings RFC and Bourne RFC are in action on Saturday.

They are neck and neck in the table, with Deepings third and Bourne fourth, but Bourne have a game in hand on their local rivals. When the sides met on October 22 it was Bourne who triumphed in a tight game, 14-9.

On Saturday, Deepings are away to Wellingborough OG, while Bourne entertain unbeaten league leaders Queens.