Spalding Miss Out in Cup Final

Scunthorpe 1st XV 54 v Spalding 1st XV 19

Last Updated: May 10, 2014 03:40pm
Spalding St. John's, South Holland
By Geof Nichols
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Spalding played their final match of the season in the Lincolnshire Cup final at Kesteven RFC against Lincolnshire’s premier side Scunthorpe RFC.     

Scunthorpe play their rugby two leagues higher than Spalding and the difference was very evident as the two sides came together for this final match.   

Spalding were without eight of their regular first team players who were unavailable this week but were able to call on some very willing although less powerful fringe players from the junior teams below them.      

Spalding kicked off playing into the strong wind and gained possession in the Scunthorpe 22 metre area they were unable to make further headway before being stopped. Spalding were awarded a penalty and James West found touch some 30 metres from the Scunthorpe try line. Spalding won the lineout but lost the ball in the following play, enabling Scunthorpe the opportunity to run the ball into their opponents half.    

The left winger cut inside and opened up the Spalding defence before going over to score just left of the posts. The try was converted and after ten minutes the north Lincolnshire side had a seven point lead. This became somewhat of a pattern in the first half. Seven minutes later a similar move resulted in another score for Scunthorpe and the try was converted making in 14 – 0 in their favour.   

In between scores Kevin Childs was making strong runs in the centre but he was unable to get great penetration and after another six minutes had passed before the score had increased to 21 – 0.      

Scunthorpe were being made to work hard for their   points but in the end, on the majority of occasions they attacked in the first half they scored.  

Three more scores came before half time of which two were converted to take the total to 40 – 0 as the half time whistle was blown.     

With the wind in their favour in the second half Spalding were able to make some progress.   

In fact overall they scored more points in the second half than the opposition who were starting to find the influential wind not to their liking. Dan Cooper broke through the opposition defence and was within five metres of the line before being stopped.    Scunthorpe cleared to touch and Spalding won the lineout and drove for the line with Josh Finch going over to score his side’s first points.There was no conversion but at least Spalding had opened their scoring.   

It was another ten minutes before Scunthorpe threatened the line again. From a lineout they won the ball and their forwards rumbled forward  to score near the Spalding goal posts. Their kicker converted and the score was 47 – 5. Spalding replied, skipper Harry Sharman who did his best to contain the opposition’s score opened up from his side’s own defensive position he made ground before passing to winger Ollie Phillips who ran 60 metres outpacing the opposition to touchdown near the posts. West converted and the score was 47 – 12 after 60 minutes of the match.    

The next score for Spalding came as Scunthorpe made mistakes.  Spalding had possession and the ever present Wes Cope broke through the centre before feeding Childs who kicked ahead leaving Phillips the opportunity to chase the ball into the touchdown area.  

The Scunthorpe full back won the race to touchdown and went off to restart play at the 22 metre line, however in his haste he miss kicked the ball and it only went a few metres along the ground into the hands of Spalding second row forward Tim Waltham who with nobody in front of him went over for his first senior try. West converted and the score was 47 – 19 with some five minutes left to play.   

As if to remind everyone Scunthorpe had one final move left in the match touching down right of the posts with their reliable kicker converting to take the final score to 54 – 19.   

Spalding may have lost the match against a much more superior side but considering all the circumstances they never gave up much to the satisfaction of the Spalding supporters who have supported them all season.




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