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Sat 21 Apr 15:00 - Midlands Division - Midlands 2 West (North) Full time

Ludlow 56, Spartans 14.


Ludlow 56, Spartans 14.

Ludlow 56, Spartans 14.

Saturday's final encounter of the season proved a bridge too far for Spartans and, against such formidable opposition, they never looked like reaching the level required to live up to their own high standards.
With Spartans suffering from the effects of car lag, Ludlow produced a complete team performance, overwhelming their opponents with a potent combination of power, pace and accuracy. Ludlow winger Will Sparrow was the highlight for the home side and his imperious display on Saturday typified his team's improvement 7 months on.
The Men In Black tried hard for the full 80 minutes, but eventually they were ground down and punished for every mistake at every opportunity. The contest was in stark contrast to their earlier meeting in the season at Coppice Lane, which Spartans won 26-10 despite playing more than half the game with 14 men.
Ludlow, unbeaten since December, were left wondering how they failed to secure a top two finish on the evidence of this game, but one game a league campaign does not make and Spartans will look back on another encouraging season in their short history with pride, having achieved fourth place in a very competitive environment.

Key moments

Try Alex Garbett scores for Spartans (Midlands)
Conversion Alex Garbett kicks a conversion for Spartans (Midlands)


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66:00 Conversion 12 - 0
Alex Garbett kicks a conversion for Spartans (Midlands)
65:00 Sub On
Spencer Kite is substituted on for Spartans (Midlands)
65:00 Try 10 - 0
Alex Garbett scores for Spartans (Midlands)
60:00 Sub On
Chris O'Donovan is substituted on for Spartans (Midlands)
45:00 Sub On
Ally Eyre is substituted on for Spartans (Midlands)
End of period 1
30:00 Penalty Try
Penalty try awarded to Spartans (Midlands)
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As it happened

  • Spartans (Midlands)
  • Ludlow
  • 0
  • Penalty Try 30:00'
  • Ally Eyre Sub On 45:00'
  • Chris O'Donovan Sub On 60:00'
  • Spencer Kite Sub On 65:00'
  • Alex Garbett Try 65:00'
  • Alex Garbett Conversion 66:00'

Team selection

Garbett, Alex Garbett, Alex
Garbett, Brett Garbett, Brett
Friend, Sam Friend, Sam
Bushell, Andy Bushell, Andy
Southam, Matt Southam, Matt
Hardy, Thomas Hardy, Thomas
Greenhalgh , Richard Greenhalgh , Richard
Foulds, Mike Foulds, Mike
Sanders, Will Sanders, Will
Bennett, Mike Bennett, Mike
Lambert, Ed Lambert, Ed
Bennett, Andrew Bennett, Andrew
Bates-Powell, Perry Bates-Powell, Perry
Morphet, Dominic Morphet, Dominic
Devine, Ryan Devine, Ryan

League round up

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League table

# Team Pl Pts
1. Whitchurch 21 98
2. Crewe & Nantwich 22 80
3. Leek 21 69
4. Spartans (Midlands) 22 66
5. Ludlow 22 62
6. Veseyans 22 57
7. Walsall 22 53

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