Sleaford RFC 11 Spalding RFC 34: TOWN cast their league woes aside as they marched into the Lincs County Cup final with a resounding victory over fierce rivals Sleaford.
Skipper Harry Sharman led by example with two tries under the floodlights on Tuesday night, while no less than 12 members of the Development side were handed a start.
Two of that dozen – Luke Scotney and JD Charlton – chipped in with a try apiece to help set up a mouth-watering final with Midlands National Three League side Scunthorpe at the end of the season.
With Town facing a battle to secure their Midlands One East status, Sharman admitted that reaching the final will provide his charges with a timely boost.
He said: “Obviously a final with Scunny will be a great way to end the season.
“We knew this would be a good chance to blood a few of the Development lads and they did a great job.
“After a slow start we turned it around well in the second half.”
With Sleaford two levels below Town in the Midlands Pyramid, an experimental line-up started the semi-final clash.
However, a number of the first team players were brought on to the field in the second period to help secure the win.
Scrum half Rob Lucas went over the line to give Spalding an early lead, but two penalties briefly put the hosts ahead.
That was until Scotney ran in an unconverted score to hand Town the half-time initiative.
With a few of the big guns now on the field, Spalding flexed their muscles as Sharman and Charlton both went over.
Sleaford hit back with a try of their own, but Sharman and Lucas completed the scoring, with the latter converting on each occasion.
Town now turn their attention back to league matters, with a trip to basement boys Dunstablians on Saturday (2.15pm).
The Bedfordshire side had lost 17 Midlands One East games on the spin before last weekend, when they beat Newark.
Spalding are unlikely to retain any of the Development side for the clash, although they will be without Andy Hoyles (hamstring).