CONVINCING WIN DEMONSTRATES DEPTH OF SQUAD
On a dry but blustery day at Kesteven’s ground at Woodnook, commonly known as “Windynook”, Spalding U13’s were triumphant.
Apart from the wind, the conditions were ideal for running rugby. Both sides were struggling for a full squad due to county commitments, but that allowed for the remaining players to get an opportunity. Spalding were the stronger of the two sides and playing down the slope soon opened the scoring from the forward domination ending with JJ Faulkner gliding over for the first try. Not long after following another rampaging run by Alex Worth, Worth crashed over for Spalding’s second try.
Spalding continued to control the game, with the team tackling well retaining possession for the backs to finish, which James Hook duly did with a jinking run to score, which was converted by Hook himself.
In the second half, Spalding continued in the same vane, but with Kesteven competing well. Then from a good break from within Spalding’s half from Harry Wilkinson-Roberts with good support play allowing Tom Birdseye to cross the line for Spalding’s fourth. Spalding continued to have the greater share of possession, which again produced a great break for Harry Wilkinson-Roberts, who again offloaded well when tackled where JJ Faulkner was on hand to touch down for his second and Spalding’s 5th try.
Kesteven maintained their commitment to the game and their endeavour was rewarded by two late tries-one being slightly debateable after persistent pressure and the second following the loose kick off gathered by their No 12 who ran the length of the pitch to score. Final result was 27 -10 to Spalding.
Thanks to Simon Faulkner for compiling this report as I was otherwise engaged.