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Spalding Veterans defeat Lincoln in match at the Memorial Ground

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With Spalding’s first team unable to fulfil their away fixture at Stockwood Park on Saturday due to continuing injury problems affecting availability, the veterans took centre stage at the Memorial Ground against Lincoln.

In a match that was played in the true spirit of the game, Spalding ran out 44-15 winners as they defied the howling wind and driving rain.

Lincoln were hit with unavailability and injury and only travelled to south Lincolnshire with 10 players, but they played with a lot of heart and refused to give up for the whole 80 minutes.

Action from the veterans match against Lincoln.
Action from the veterans match against Lincoln.

Spalding showed great sportsmanship and loaned Lincoln five players, including up-and-coming first team player Macauley Crane.

Spalding started strongly and scored an early try though Harry Sharman who was supported well by veterans skipper Justin Cole and his front row colleague Richard Stevenson who pushed him over the line.

Further Spalding tries followed from Jason Chilvers and Ryan Chappel in the opening period with Lincoln with also registering a score.

Spalding fly-half Richard Cooke scored the first two tries of the second half with break through runs, which were both converted by Rob Lucas.

Sharman scored the next two, assisted by captain Cole, before the final try of the game was scored by Willie Haighton who received an offload from Chappel before running from halfway for a great try.

Spalding captain Cole said: “Lincoln put up a strong opposition assisted by one of Spalding’s up and coming first team players Macauley Crane. The game was played in a true rugby spirit.”

Action from the veterans match against Lincoln.
Action from the veterans match against Lincoln.

Lincoln Imps captain Jacob Taylor added: “The result didn’t reflect the attitude or performance of the boys that turned up.

“Taking 10 boys to an away game is always hard, but they fought outstandingly in defence against a well-drilled Spalding side.

“Spalding deserve all the praise of our team for hosting us at such short notice and providing the additional players that made the game so enjoyable.”

Bourne were handed a walkover win in Midlands 3 East (South) after scheduled visitors Bedford Queens conceded their clash at Milking Nook Drove.

Deepings were also unable to fulfil their Midlands 4 East (South) match at Brackley who received a walkover win.

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