SPALDING RFC 31 NUNEATON OLD EDWARDIANS 13: TOWN’S yo-yo start to the Midlands One East season continued on Saturday as they roared to a third home win on the bounce.
It’s also the third time this campaign that Spalding have followed a disappointing away defeat with a rousing Memorial Field display – putting them smack bang in the middle of the early standings.
Playing against the wind in the first period, the home fans had to wait half an hour for the first points.
They came from a Nuneaton boot, though, as the basement boys took a 3-0 lead with a penalty from fully 40 yards.
But this spurred Spalding into action and as half time was approaching Jim Williams’ clearing kick took play into their opponents half.
From a scrum in favour of Spalding, returning skipper Harry Sharman quickly moved the ball down his three-quarters line and centre Jordan Andrade used his power to take him over the line just five metres out from the touch line.
Williams made no mistake to give the hosts a 7-3 half-time advantage.
The second half started well for Spalding, who delivered a fine 40 minutes of rugby.
After a Nuneaton mistake handed Spalding a lineout, a clean take by Ben Hausermann and drive by the remainder of the pack resulted in Hausermann touching down beyond the line – and showed what the home-side were capable of. The conversion was wide, but Town were now nine points ahead.
Nuneaton responded with their second penalty of the afternoon, but Spalding were straight back on the attack and a drive for the line close to the corner flag resulted in number eight Harry Brown being awarded a try.
The conversion from a narrow angle went wide.
Immediately from the Nuneaton drop out Spalding claimed possession of the ball again, resulting in Sharman going over for his first score of the season – and he duly celebrated under the posts with a Chris Ashton style swan dive.
Williams added the conversion to give Town a healthy cushion – but they weren’t done yet.
With only five minutes left Brown broke from the base of the scrum and crossed the line for his second try, again leaving a simple conversion for Williams and making the score 31-6.
In the final minute, Nuneaton were pressing the try line and, after a succession of two collapsed scrums by Spalding, the referee awarded the them a penalty try, which was converted.
But it failed to take the gloss off Town’s win – and they picked up a bonus point too.
Town: Sharman (captain), Branton, Crane, Rowlands, Haighton, Hausermann, Anker, E Duerden, H Brown, J Williams, Chappell, S Williams, Andrade, G Brown, Williamson, Buckberry, Hoyles, Lucas.
• Saturday – Coalville v Spalding (3pm).