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Spartans 1st - Match centre

Old Saltleians
Spartans (Midlands)
Unknown, Unknown
Full time
J Parker
Unknown
T Hardy
T Hardy (2)
Sat 30 Sep 15:00 - Midlands Division - Midlands 2 West (North)

Old Saltleians 12, Spartans 13.

For the first time in a decade Spartans pulled off a surprise victory against a strong Old Saltleians side as they snatched a win by the tightest of margins at Watton Lane in a well-contested game.

For the first time in a decade Spartans pulled off a surprise victory against a strong Old Saltleians side as they snatched a win by the tightest of margins at Watton Lane in a well-contested game.
Poor weather meant both sides had a bar of soap to play with instead of a ball, and both sides struggled to string any play together as passes were spilt. With Spartans forwards still recovering from a physical battering at the hands of Newcastle, the sight of an even bigger ‘Salts pack produced plenty of nerves and as the game of a thousand scrums developed it was the home side who edged the battles up front, but the black defence proved equal to the attack and stalemate followed. Despite plenty of endeavour, neither side were able to break the deadlock until shortly before half time when Salts seized yet another knock on and broke through to score. From the restart, Spartans had just one throw of the dice and bagged a penalty as a small reward for a huge all-round effort for forty minutes.
The Men In Black faced a daunting prospect for the second half and any dreams of a comeback turned into a nightmare as the home forwards piled in to the rucks and mauls, keeping the ball very well. An extremely large ‘Salts forward eventually showed his class as he powered over from one metre, but crucially the kick was missed and the gap stayed at nine points. As Spartans chased the game it was now ‘Salts turn to defend, and some hard won ball was put to good useonly for the final pass to go astray. Having gone close twice, Spartans finally got over into the corner as a miracle pass found Jamie Parker and, with an excellent touchline conversion, black hearts began beating faster. With ten minutes to go and just two points separating the sides ‘Salts were still in the driving seat, but play remained mostly in the middle of the field. With nerves jangling the home side conceded a penalty which Tom Hardy banged over, setting up a grandstand finish for a home side roared on by their President’s day crowd. The final few minutes seemed to last forever with a series of scrums and lineouts, but eventuallythe whistle blew leaving ‘Salts stunned by a rare Spartans win.

This week Spartans travel to Nottingham for the start of the RFU Intermediate Cup Competition.

Key moments

25:00
Try Try for Old Saltleians
35:00
Penalty Thomas Hardy kicks a penalty for Spartans (Midlands)
55:00
Try Try for Old Saltleians
55:00
Conversion Conversion for Old Saltleians
60:00
Try Jamie Parker scores for Spartans (Midlands)
60:00
Conversion Thomas Hardy kicks a conversion for Spartans (Midlands)
75:00
Penalty Thomas Hardy kicks a penalty for Spartans (Midlands)

Highlights

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75:00 Penalty 12 - 13
Thomas Hardy kicks a penalty for Spartans (Midlands)
65:00 Sub On
Nick Tremble is substituted on for Spartans (Midlands)
60:00 Try 12 - 8
Jamie Parker scores for Spartans (Midlands)
60:00 Conversion 12 - 10
Thomas Hardy kicks a conversion for Spartans (Midlands)
55:00 Try 10 - 3
Try for Old Saltleians
55:00 Conversion 12 - 3
Conversion for Old Saltleians
50:00 Sub On
Will Wright is substituted on for Spartans (Midlands)
End of period 1
35:00 Penalty 5 - 3
Thomas Hardy kicks a penalty for Spartans (Midlands)
25:00 Try 5 - 0
Try for Old Saltleians
25:00 Missed Conversion
Conversion missed for Old Saltleians
15:00 Sub On
Josh Atkins is substituted on for Spartans (Midlands)
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • Old Saltleians
  • Spartans (Midlands)
  • 0
  • Josh Atkins Sub On 15:00'
  • Try 25:00'
  • Thomas Hardy Penalty 35:00'
  • Will Wright Sub On 50:00'
  • Try 55:00'
  • Conversion 55:00'
  • Jamie Parker Try 60:00'
  • Thomas Hardy Conversion 60:00'
  • Nick Tremble Sub On 65:00'
  • Thomas Hardy Penalty 75:00'

Team selection

Garbett, Alex Garbett, Alex
Parker, Jamie Parker, Jamie
Bushell, Andy Bushell, Andy
Sharpe, Jack Sharpe, Jack
Blair, Sherry Blair, Sherry
Hardy, Thomas Hardy, Thomas
Friend, Sam Friend, Sam
Foulds, Mike Foulds, Mike
Bennett, Alex Bennett, Alex
Sanders, Will Sanders, Will
Owen, Jamie Owen, Jamie
Bennett, Andy Bennett, Andy
O'Donovan, Chris O'Donovan, Chris
Bennett, Adam Bennett, Adam
Devine, Ryan Devine, Ryan

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# Team Pl Pts
1. Whitchurch 5 23
2. Crewe & Nantwich 5 19
3. Veseyans 5 16
4. Spartans (Midlands) 5 15
5. Tamworth 5 14
6. Walsall 5 14
7. Leek 5 12

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