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Nomads Keep Peterborough at Bay

Peterborough 2nd xv 19 v Spalding Nomads xv 32

Last Updated: Mar 18, 2015 10:13pm
Spalding St. John's, South Holland
By Geof Nichols
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With Spalding conceding their first team away match in the Lincolnshire Cup to Scunthorpe on Saturday due to a mounting injury list, the focus of attention was Spalding Nomads (second’s) away match at local rivals, Peterborough, in the Eagle Pennant League.                 Earlier in the season Peterborough had sneaked an away win in the reverse fixture by the narrowest of margins, one point, and had climbed to fourth in the league and the Nomads were seeking their revenge. 

With a strong wind and playing uphill in the first half Spalding were surprisingly in control during the opening exchanges with the forwards keeping the ball in hand.    Peterborough with a heavier pack quickly established superiority at the scrum and were spreading the ball out to their backs. Spalding’s defence was being tested but some crunching tackles lead by Dan Adams, Brian Browne and Will Moore held the home team at bay.    After 15 minutes the home team “knocked on” metres short of the try line.    With the scrum under server pressure captain Richard Cooke at scrum half was caught in the in goal area, the ball was lost in contact and the home team scored a converted try.

Spalding did not panic and on the half hour from their 20 metre line Spalding’s backs with some crisp passing broke down the right wing with Jake Sayer, fly half, making excellent ground supported by  Adams.  Although tackled the ball was quickly recycled and with the home defence in disarray.  Slick handling saw Reece Callaby glide in for what must be one of the best Spalding tries of the season.   Moments later another flowing move saw John Barrett pass put Calleby in again but referee called forward pass.

The Spalding forwards were also putting themselves about lead by Ash Piccaver and Tim Waltham, just back from injury. A scrum ball was picked up by number eight Julian Davis and feed to Waltham for Spalding to edge into the lead by 10 points to 7 with the half time whistle due.

 Supporting the team from the touchline was Ryan Chappell, first team captain and Ben Williams, club coach, who helped with the half time team talk and it did not take long before Adams using the slope advantage to burst through the middle of Peterborough’s defence to release Kev Hudson for their third try. The home team then capitalised on some poor handling and defensive tackling to close the gap to 3 points. 

 The Nomads were now in control with the forwards working hard, gaining territory, with the backs enjoying the space to run with great effect.   Piccaver at lock, was starting to impose himself on the match competing well at the breakdown area and showing real pace around the fringes and he was the next to score with a pick and drive from 10 metres with Jake Sayer converting.

With the home team tiring Adams again broke through and found fullback Ed Booth supporting with a lovely offload pass and his pace easily carried him over the line.   Surprisingly the next to score was Peterborough on one of their rare periods in the Nomads half.      The Visitors were penalised at a scrum  and a quick tap kick saw the home scrum half over for a converted try.

Pressure again mounted on the Peterborough defence as Piccaver drove  deep into the homeside’s half  and the ball was spread from Cooke to Sayer and onto Will Moore at outside centre who found Booth supporting on the outside and with his speed was over for the final try. 

This was a thrilling local derby match with the Nomad’s tackling outstanding stopping Peterborough in their tracks in the first half and with the space created by the forwards, especially in the second half, the backs enjoyed the freedom to run in some excellent tries  

Team  Barrett, Caley, Hudson, Piccaver, Bailey, Steel, Scotney, Davis, Cooke (Captain), Allen,  Sayer,Adams, Callaby, Browne, Booth, Reed, Moore, Waltham, Elkin, Sharman

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