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Newark 82 - 12 Spalding

Last Updated: Mar 2, 2015 08:15pm
Spalding St. John's, South Holland
By Geof Nichols
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After an enthralling first half with Spalding adrift by 36 points to 12, Newark ran riot in the second half mainly through their outstanding wingers and in particular Ben Usher who had just returned from  England Counties trials, were he had been selected for the U18’s national squad 

For this local derby match a good crowd turned up with Newark also in the relegation zone from Midlands One East league. Spalding already looked doomed and if they were going to stage a miraculous relegation escape then they had to get something from this match.

As normal team selection was hampered by injuries from previous week with Luke Scotney coming in at blindside flanker and Tom Deurden switching to lock with Ash Piccaver. Half back pairing this week featured Richard Cooke at scrum with Ryan Chappell continuing in the unfamiliar role of fly half. Will Shields and Brian Browne were starting on the wings with Tom Gosling at outside centre.

Early exchanges were fairly even but Newark won a couple of Spalding’s lineout’s with their tall first jumper securing the ball after Spalding had gained some good territory with the home team giving away early penalties. On the eleventh minute Newark’s Ben Usher showed what he was about with his pace down the left wing for the opening try.   A few minutes later Newark executed a perfectly worked try. They won a lineout on the right hand side and the ball was quickly passed through the threequarters hands to give Ben Usher room to run in.

A good contest was developing in the forwards with Spalding’s two lock, Deurden and Piccaver, in particular gaining territory with some forceful drives down the middle. This set up some promising breakdown positions near the Newark try line but they scrambled the ball away for a Spalding lineout . A well planned catch and drive saw the Spalding forwards destroy the home defence and Harry Brown was over the try line.

With Newark realising that Usher had the beating of Spalding’s defence out wide they created space for him the beat the visitors defence. This was followed by a poor clearance kick by Spalding gathered in by Usher who ran 40 metres in at the corner and a further try flowed by the Newark’s right winger.

From the restart kick by Josh Broome, Ash Piccaver was able to gather in down the left hand side and with a hand off and strong running Spalding scored their second try well converted by Broome.

With a 24 point cushion at half time Newark had the game wrapped up within the first ten minutes of the restart with another try by Usher even though they were down to fourteen players with one of their forwards yellow carded for a high tackle. Injuries started to stack up for Spalding. Already in the first half Scotney had been replaced in the scrum as a result of a dead leg with Brian Browne slotting in and Chris Eggleton of the bench. The experienced Tom Duerden and Sion Williams sustained shoulder and ankle injuries with replacements Jake Read and George Douglas coming off the bench.

Newark ran riot with a succession of well taken tries as Spalding battled to stem the flow and the home team were easily worthy winners with Ben Usher outstanding collecting six tries in total

Team  Waudy, Cooke, Caley, Deurden, Piccaver, Scotney, Richardson, H Brown, Cooke, Chappell, Shields, S Williams, Gosling, Browne, Broome, Read, Douglas, Eggleton

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