RUGBY: Sleaford U13 whitewash Spalding on the road

Sleaford RFC under-13s
Sleaford RFC under-13s


Spalding 0

Sleaford 53

Sleaford RFC under-13s travelled away to Spalding for their first game of the season.

Sleaford kicked off and both teams battled in the breakdown well, with the ball turning over several times. Sleaford then got the ball out wide, making use of the full size pitch for Sam Clegg to run in a try and place it right under the sticks. Alex Schofield calmly stepped up and dispatched the conversion in a very professional manner.

Sleaford then went on to dominate the next 15 minutes with Sam Clegg and Finlay Sodeau scoring tries and Schofield converting them.

Spalding got back in the game with a very dominant scrum, and they were quicker in the rucks and counter rucks. This halted the Sleaford juggernaut until Ben McNiffe scored a fantastic try from a powerful Euan Owen run to make it 26-0 at half time.

The second half kicked off and Sleaford continued to be rampant, passing the ball out wide to score more tries – Sodeau got his second and then Lewis Chessum register another.

Spalding were still dominating the scrum but could not take advantage of this even when winning against the head. Then, in a moment of brilliance, scrum half Alfie Jones took advantage of a great Sleaford push in the scrum to pick the ball up and spotted space to score a wonderful individual try.

Sleaford pushed on, not giving the opposition time to catch breath or gain any territory, with some fantastic switches of play and great passing.

Whilst drawing the Spalding defence, Sleaford scored two more tries with both Sodeau and Clegg completing their hat tricks. With the last kick of the game Alex Schofield converted the final try.

Sleaford face a tough test at home this week when they take on reigning NLD champions Scunthorpe.