Spalding rugby coach Ben Williams is calling on his young side to show a “nothing to lose” attitude as they visit Midlands One East leaders Syston on Saturday.
With a number of more experienced players out through injury and work commitments, Williams will himself line up alongside some of Town’s future stars as they try and avoid a 24th league loss this season at the Leicester-based club.
Spalding fielded nine players aged 19 and under in their 53-19 loss at tenth-placed Paviors last Saturday and for Williams, it will be a case of same again this weekend.
“We’re bottom and Syston are top so we’ve got nothing to lose,” Williams said.
“Our heads are down a little bit but we’re trying to boost the lads with some younger players.
“We’ve not managed to put the same team out twice this year so every game is a challenge for us to perform well and do what we can do.
“Syston have always been a strong side and big up front, but we’re not going there just to roll over and die.”
Among those missing the trip to Barkby Road are skipper Ryan Chappell, lock Tom Duerden and full-back Adam McKue.
Chappell said: “It’ll be a tough game at Syston, although they have a cup game at Leicester Tigers next month so they could possibly put out a depleted side.
“We’re just trying to ride the season as next season has already started for us, with Ben (Williams) getting us used to the way he wants us to play.
“But we’re still confident of getting our first win of the season in the final hame at Belgrave - if we can take our strongest possible team there.”