Great Turn Out to Watch Senior XV Tear Apart Buxton
Great turn out for President's Weekend to watch the First team lived up to the billing by tearing apart Buxton especially early in the second half .
On Presidents Weekend and with an excellent attendance of 246 supporters enjoying a festive afternoon, a storming second half display tear Buxton apart to give them another big home win and move them up to third place in the league.
Again, coach George Reid, was able to select a strong team with Harry Brown returning at lock and Will Shields in at scrum half with Ben Shields moving to the wing. The absence of centre George Brown recovering from a knock from last week’s match saw Conall Mason retaining his place in the team with Adam McHugh in at full back.
Buxton were not helped by their arrival being delayed resulting in the kick off being put back to 3.15pm. Straight from the kick off Spalding showed they were going to make life uncomfortable for the visitors with the forwards immediately on the rampage. Pace, strength and excellent support play brought a try for Ash Ankar after just ten minutes. Within minutes of the restart the forwards again stormed forward with initially Tim Waltham breaking. An excellent offload saw Harry Brown continue the move with Jason Steels and Ankar in support and the final offload saw Tim Waltham finish with a score over the try line.
Both sets of scrums were solid but Spalding always seemed to have the upper edge with Luke Turner in the front row adding strength and power. However, Buxton in a rare period of possession caught Spalding napping with a converted try to close to within 3 points.
A recent feature of this season has been Spalding’s effectiveness at the breakdown. Not only are they arriving early but also counter rucking, disrupting the opposition ball or benefiting from a turnover ball. From a ruck on Buxton’s twenty two, scrum half Will Shields passed out to Brown, taking the ball at pace, cut back inside to score under the posts.
Lineout variations were working well for Spalding and from a penalty kick to touch 10 metres out, Ankar secured the ball and a driving maul was set up with Harry Sharman controlling at the back and the try line was crossed securing a try bonus point before half time.
Within six minutes of the restart Spalding smashed and grabbed three tries to leave Buxton in disarray started from 10 metres out by hooker John Barrett, who seems to be scoring most weeks.
Finally the backs started to get in on the act, creating space on the left as the ball was moved quickly along the backs to outside centre Conall Mason. Taking the ball at pace and with a two on one advantage, a dummy pass and a cut back inside saw him over the try line.
Aaron Coupe came of the bench to replace Kev Hudson in the front row. The backs were now moving the ball around with freedom, from which Gav Sharman benefited as he outpaced Buxton’s struggling defence for his first try of the afternoon.
With Spalding’s concentration switching off Buxton’s outside centre evaded three attempted tackle to score. Spalding responded and pressed up field with Kieran Bailey on for Tim Waltham. Buxton turned over the ball but as Gav Sharman tackled he suddenly broke free with the ball and outpaced Buxton’s defence from 20 metres to score again. Minutes later he once again found room out on the left wing and leaving Buxton’s defence trailing in his wake scoring hat trick try.
Spalding’s final try was another classic driving maul from a lineout with Ash Ankar claiming his second try of the afternoon. Again Spalding eased off and Buxton scored the last try.
President George Sly was delighted by the win and said “Today was a highly enjoyable afternoon of rugby with a great win for the First’s and also good to watch the Nomads against Oakham, especially with so many supporters and friend around”
Team: Kev Hudson, John Barrett, Luke Turner, Harry Brown, Tim Waltham, Ash Anker, Jason Steels, Harry Sharman, Will Shields, Wills Ingleby, Ben shields, Dan Adams, Conall Mason, Gav Sharman, Adam McHugh Subs Kieran Bailey, Aaron Coupe