SPALDING RFC: Move ‘back to basics’ has benefited Town

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Captain Harry Sharman has put Spalding RFC’s upturn in form down to a ‘back to basics’ approach.

Having lost their opening eight Midlands One East games, Town were looking destined for a demoralising relegation season.

But they go into Saturday’s Memorial Field clash with Newark (2.15pm) bidding for a third victory on the spin – and are now brimming with confidence.

Spalding skipper Sharman said: “We’ve always looked to play attractive rugby. But something had to change and we essentially went back to basics – all that matters at the moment is the result.

“We’ve been keeping it simple and the defending has improved no end. Winning breeds confidence and the lads are now looking forward to games, which helps with the continuity of our selection.

“Newark beat us earlier in the season, but they’ve been sucked into the battle at the bottom. If we can beat them – and I don’t see why we can’t – we’ll close the gap on them and a few others above us.”

Mark Haighton misses the game, but second row Andy Hoyles is fit to return.