Spalding Miss Out Again against Belper
With the number of enforced changes to the team and many of the impact players missing Bepher took advantage in the opening quarter with Spalding settling in with new players in the team and it was always difficult to then try to catch up.
What a difference a week makes! Last Saturday Spalding put on a stunning display of rugby to destroy Bakewell. This week travelling away to Belper, with seven changes to the team, Spalding suffered a disappointing defeat, rarely threating the home team
Coming back from a long term injury Josh Caley returned to the front row and Richard Grew, a new player to the Club, made his debut on the flank. Also coming into the pack were Tim Waltham and Mark Haighton
In the backs Captain Dan Adams started at Fly Half with Connal Mason and Tom Wilson forming the centre partnership
Last Week Belper opened their account with a good win away at Sleaford and, from the kick off the home team advantage was evident with the confident handling in the backs and their big and heavy forwards punching holes in Spalding’s defence. They opened the scoring after three minutes when Spalding were caught offside at a ruck and the penalty was successfully converted
Spalding were struggling to gain any decent territory with Belper always on the front foot. With fifteen minutes on the clock Belper’s flanker broke through poor tackling in the backs to score by the posts and, a couple of minutes later they created a three on one to go seventeen points up.
Spalding rallied without any real threat to the home team but a real positive was the lineout with Mark Haighton and Tim Waltham excelling, but the backs were unable to use this good ball to any telling effect.
Just before half time Belper spun the ball along the backs for their left winger to score and now Spalding were trailing by twenty two points
The half time talk by coach George Reed and Captain Dan Adams produced a results as Spalding initially upped their intensity and took the game to Belper with the forwards now making inroads with their carries. Belper conceded a series of penalties and with their lineout possession Spalding threatened but the final execution either in the forwards or the backs was missing
Finally scrum half Will Shields took a quick tap penalty and with Belper unable to tackle for ten metres he was over for Spalding’s only try of the afternoon.
However in the last quarter Belper benefitted from Spalding’s ineffective tackling in midfield with a further three tries.
On the day Spalding’s lack of intensity at the start let Belper dictate affairs and once they had conceded the early scores it was always difficult to come back. Spalding we also guilty of some ineffective passing and winger Ben Shields hardly saw the ball all afternoon with Gav Sharman and Adam McHugh also having very limited opportunities to show their pace and strength
Team- Josh Caley, John Barrett, Jacob Greaves, Kev Hudson, Mark Haighton, Richard Grew, Tim Waltham, Jason Steels, Will Shields, Captain Dan Adams, Gav Sharman, Connal Mason, Tom Wilson, Ben Shields, Adam McHugh