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Spalding 20 - 31 Paviors

First Win of Season Narrowly Missed

Last Updated: Nov 24, 2014 08:06pm
Spalding St. John's, South Holland
By Geof Nichols
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With the visitors, Paviors from Nottingham, [censored] fourth from bottom of Midlands One East this match was the opportunity to see a revival in performance from Spalding. As in previous weeks there was a shuffle in the squad of players with Ben Williams returning from injury after a month on the sidelines, playing in the back row, Tom Duerden returning from illness the previous week, Liam Richardson making his first team debut at No 7, and Bian Browne slotting in on the right wing.

At the start both team were settling into a pattern of play with no dominant side and the first score was to Spalding with Dan Mackie, flyhalf, slotting over a successful penalty after ten minutes. Paviors responded positively to going behind and five minutes later with play deep in Spalding territory there forwards set up a maul which was successfully driven over the try line from 10 metres. This was followed by a Pavoirs lineout again deep into Spalding’s half and a well executed catch and drive saw the forwards go over for a converted try to go in front  by 12 points to 3

The next quarter was dominated by Spalding’s forwards. Liam Richardson was always at the breakdown winning the ball, Ben Williams influence was a telling feature with Spalding retaining possession and breaking around the fringes and Harry Brown and Tom Duerden prominent with powerful running. However it was starting to look like all this possession was not going to turn into points as Tom Duerden broke for the line but a teammate was caught blocking and a pick and drive for the line was pulled back for a knock on. Harry Brown broke clean through the Paviors defence and was denied a try by a last ditch on the line. Not to be denied Brown final went over from a pick and drive for Spalding’s opening try.

Spalding started the second half were they left off in the first half and within the opening minute a Spalding lineout on the Paviors 5 metres line saw Ben Williams at the back of a driving maul successfully touch down for an unconverted try .  Ash Piccaver replaced Tim Waltham at lock.  Play was now generally from end to end with perhaps Paviors having the upper hand and a penetrating three-quarters move saw them edge further in the lead. Shortly afterwards a scuffle of the ball saw a Paviors lose a player to a yellow card and Harry Brown was shown a red card

The best try of the match was to follow as a break down the right wing was instigated by Rob Lucas having a good game at scrum half and Dan Mackie broke through out wide to run clear from 30 metres and he successfully converted the kick for goal to leave Spalding 4 points adrift. With five minutes remaining Liam Richardson broke through the Paviors defence and after a 50 metre dash was hauled down a few metres out. The ball was moved out and with a three on one advantage a try was  on offer but the referee judge the final pass forward.  Paviors had the final call to take the match away from Spalding in the last couple of minutes with a blind side move from a scrum on Spalding’s 5 metre line.

 This was a much improved performance by Spalding who during the match had several golden opportunities to increase their try tally. Liam Richardson on his debut was Spalding’s Man of the Match 

Team;-  Pete Waudy, Sam Cook, Josh Caley, Tom Duerden, Tim Waltham, Ben Williams, Liam Richardson,   Harry Brown, Rob Lucas, Dan Mackie, Kieran Lake, George Brown, Ryan Chappell (captain) Brian Browne, Charlie Seconde,  Will Shields, James Osborne, Ash Piccaver       

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