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Solid Performance by a Young Side

Paviors 1st XV 53 v 19 Spalding RFC 1st XV

Last Updated: Mar 23, 2015 06:37pm
Spalding St. John's, South Holland
By Geof Nichols
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Spalding 1st XV travelled away to Nottingham based Paviors, for the 23rd league match of the season. Although their hosts were sitting comfortably in 10th position in the league, they were eager to make amends for their 67 -0 loss against league leaders Syston the previous week and were looking forward to the return of Club Captain, Steve Allen, making this his first appearance of the season.

Spalding were missing more players this week with Ben Williams (coach), in the starting line up, Jay Harwood, returning after an injury which has seen him out for the majority of the season and 9 of the 18 players being, 19 or under.

Play was pretty even for the opening 15 minutes, with Spalding holding their own. However, the hosts punished Spalding over the next twenty five minutes as they ran in 6 tries and converted three by exploiting some poor defending from missed tackles, and shipping the ball out wide, leaving a half time score of 34 – 0.

Substitutes Josh Cayley and Jordan Templar ( first run out for the 1sts), came on at half time in front and second row respectively. Under pressure from Paviors , Josh Broome intercepted a pass and ran from his own 22 metre line, the length of the pitch to score. He duly converted to put the first 7 points on the scoreboard for Spalding. Paviors returned with pressure and five minutes later Doug Billam (13) was able to score his 2nd try of the afternoon which was converted. Spalding maintained heart and held the opposition’s frontline for the next 20 minutes, pressurising their defence, with good use of set pieces and holding the scrums. Unfortunately, for no reward. Spalding were penalised by a turn over of the ball, it was shipped out wide and with missed tackles, Ollie Barnes  having just come on as a sub for the homeside, scored and was then converted. Following the restart Paviors applied pressure into Spalding’s 22 metre line.   The  Spalding forwards were able to turn the ball over and with a huge clearance kick down field right into Paviors 22, Josh Broome chased up, with support from Chris Douglas and Charlie Seconde .   Paviors unable to deal with the ball allowed Josh Broome to pass out to Chris Douglas who offloaded to Charlie Seconde to score in the corner. The try was not converted. Spalding were determined to keep Paviors below 50 points, with the forwards working really hard taking the game into the oppositions 22 meter line. Unfortunately it was not to be, with quick passing resulting in an unconverted try, taking the score with seven minutes to go  to 53 – 12.  Despite this Spalding did not lose heart and on the dying minutes of the game, pressure from the forwards allowed Vice Captain, Sam Cooke to score which was converted. Despite the final score being 53 -19, Spalding should take heart from the fact they drew the 2nd half, with some positive performances, and with fielding so many young players, with little experience of playing at such a level.

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