Spald­ing go up in fine style

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Classified­s -

IT was a case of third time lucky for Spald­ing on Satur­day.

Af­ter just missing out in pro­mo­tion play-offs in the two pre­vi­ous sea­sons, the Lin­colnshire lads got it right this time, beat­ing Mar­ket Har­bor­ough 25-10 at the Me­mo­rial Field to win pro­mo­tion to Mid­lands Di­vi­sion One East.

Head coach Ben Hauser­mann had clearly got his lads in the right frame of mind and they dis­played over­whelm­ing pas­sion from the start. Helped by a crowd of 400 sup­port­ers, they were de­ter­mined not to be let down on this oc­ca­sion.

Spald­ing put the Mar­ket Har­bor­ough de­fence un­der pres­sure early and were re­warded when Lawrence Rayner placed the ball cleanly be­tween the up­rights from a penalty kick to give Spald­ing a 3-0 lead.

From the restart Rayner se­cured the ball and broke clear to find touch deep in the Har­bor­ough 22 me­tre area and af­ter Mark Haighton won the vis­i­tors’ li­ne­out ball, the Spald­ing for­wards drove for the line and it was Ben Wil­liams, play­ing in the num­ber eight po­si­tion, who went over for the first try. Rayner had no prob­lem in adding the two ex­tra points.

Har­bor­ough re­duced the deficit to 10-3 with a penalty but a fine han­dling move by the Spald­ing backs ended with Rayner kick­ing his sec­ond penalty to make the in­ter­val score 13-3.

The sec­ond half started with Spald­ing’s backs again ap­ply­ing pres­sure and it wasn’t long be­fore Harry Shar­man squeezed over in the corner af­ter a fine run by Ben Wil­liamson. Rayner con­verted with what was prob­a­bly his best kick of the af­ter­noon.

Spald­ing were by now do­ing most of the at­tack­ing and Hauser­mann, Wes Cope and Jimmy Row­lands all came close to scor­ing.

On sev­eral oc­ca­sions Spald­ing drove to the line but were held up short by stout de­fence from the vis­i­tors. An­other score was in­evitable and fol­low­ing a great kick by Rayner and some fine driv­ing by the pack, it was once again Ben Wil­liams who grabbed the touch­down. Rayner’s con­ver­sion made it 25-3 and there was no way back for Har­bor­ough, al­though they did score a late con­so­la­tion try.

Spald­ing and their sup­port­ers cel­e­brated a fa­mous vic­tory which will be re­mem­bered for many years to come and eas­ily oblit­er­ate the mem­o­ries of the pre­vi­ous two suc­ces­sive losses in the league play­offs.

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