Spalding 1st XV 8 v Derby 1st XV 77

Midlands 1 East

Last Updated: Sep 21, 2014 09:17pm
Spalding St. John's, South Holland
By Geof Nichols
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Spalding welcomed Derby Rugby Club to the Memorial Playing Fields on Saturday knowing that last season Derby had failed at the last hurdle, the play offs stage, to gain promotion to the National Leagues 

As with last week’s match there were a few changes to the starting line up.  Kieran Lake was making a return to the first team on the wing and Will Shields being on the other wing. Ben Hoyles was making his first start at outside centre with George Brown fit to resume at inside centre. Regular first teamer from last season Josh Finch, flanker, also made his first start.

The match kicked off in front of a large crowd as the game was part of a celebration of rugby “The Presidents Weekend”. However the match had barely started when Dan Mackie playing fly half was caught offside and Spalding were 3 points down as a result of a successful penalty kick. However a couple of minutes later Derby returned the compliment being penalised for not releasing in the tackle and Dan Mackie slotted over the penalty kick.

The next 15 minutes illustrated the gulf between the two sides. Spalding lost possession in contact and quick handling by Derby saw them in for their first try. With the match flowing from end to end Derby were caught offside. A poor penalty kick by Spalding failed to trouble the scoreboard. Minutes later Spalding failed to stay on their feet at a ruck. Derby kicked for touch and with a lineout 5 metres from the line, a well executed catch and drive resulted in a converted try. Within 5 minutes Spalding infringed again, not binding properly at the scrum, penalty kick to touch and from the lineout Derby  scored going 3- 20 up. A couple of minutes later Spalding again were offside at a ruck and although Derby tried to repeat their successful lineout move, this time Spalding defence held firm with a good clearance kick by Dan Mackie

On the half hour Derby moved the ball quickly out to their pacy winger who score from 50 metres out, leaving the Spalding defence in his wake. No further scores before half time with the score at Spalding 3 Derby 27 

Derby continued to put Spalding under pressure as soon as they had the ball and again early in the second half Spalding were caught twice offside and Derby were now taking quick tap penalties. With fifteen minutes of the second half gone Derby had a scrum 10 metres out. Their pack was now dominating and they drove the Spalding players backwards and with the scrum collapsing under the pressure the referee awarded a penalty try. 

 Although Derby were now running away with match the Spalding players still kept going. On the 67 minute their tackling and some forward pressure from a restart allowed Josh Finch to break the Derby defence but was held up just a metre short but Tim Waltham was on hand providing support and dived over for Spalding’s one and only try. The conversion attempt failed and the score was now Spalding 8 Derby 58. In the last 10 minutes Derby ran in three tries with the Spalding struggling to cope with their speedy centres and wing play.

Last year’s champions from Midlands Two North, Belgrave, also suffered a heavy defeat on the day, illustrating the higher level of play, organisation and fitness in Midlands One.

Spalding RFC 1st xv: Team   Tom Dueden (captain),  Pete Waudby, Sam Cooke, Alex Ioannou, Ash Piccaver, Tim Waltham, Josh Finch, Harry Brown, Ben Williams, Dan Mackie, Ben Hoyles, George Brown, Will Shields, Kieran Lake, Josh Broome,  Subs Mark Haighton, Andy Lal


Spalding Nomads  21  Peterborough 26 

Spalding second team known as “The Nomads” entertained Peterborough at home on Saturday in their IPA Merit League match. This was a really entertaining and competitive match with the match flowing from end to end with no team having any distinctive advantage.

With tries from Dave McClaren, Richard Cooke (Captain), and Charlie Seconde who also kicked two successful conversions plus a penalty The Nomads were leading by 21 to 19 points with only seconds of the match left. A scrum to the home team should have seen them safely home but the ball was lost to the Peterborough pack. Peterborough then went over for a converted try as the last play .


On Sunday the “Presidents Weekend” rugby celebrations continued with Spalding Colts entertaining West Bridgford  Colts from Nottingham. The visitors have a good pedigree at this level whilst the Spalding Colts are a new squad at this level.  It immediately showed as the visitors ran in 6 unanswered tries in the first half to lead by 34 points to nil. The second half was a complete turnaround with Spalding running in three tries all converted and West Bridgford scoring a solitary converted try. Final score Spalding Colts 21 West Bridgford Colts 41

This entertaining match was followed by a Vets 10’s tournament with teams from Stamford, Peterborough and Spalding taking part. Stamford ran out winners with Spalding runners up.   

Next weekend the both senior teams are at home on Saturday  and many of the Junior and Mini squads will be at home on Sunday. If any boys or girls are interested in playing rugby come down and join in or visit our website for further details        



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