Mansfield return to form with thrashing of Spalding

NMACMansfield rufc v Spalding     Blue and White Strip Mansfield No.10 John Ward
NMACMansfield rufc v Spalding Blue and White Strip Mansfield No.10 John Ward

Mansfield put last week’s disappointing defeat to Southwell behind them, with a 62-10 thrashing of Spalding on Saturday.

Coach Wayne Robinson was delighted that the game went according to plan.

He said: “The most pleasing thing was that we kept our structure and played the way we had agreed to play.

“It was a great effort and it was good to see our hard work pay dividends”.

Things got off to the best possible start, the home team up by 28 points within the first half an hour, securing a precious four-try bonus point.

Good scrum ball allowed good phase play to be implemented, resulting in Liam Annable crashing through just to the side of the posts to open the scoring.

Man of the Match Josh Hall was next to dot down, before wing Emmanuel Ogunode picked up the first of a hat-trick.

A try for Joe Symcox brought the bonus point, and Spalding got on the board with a penalty.

Despite having Annable sin-binned, Jonathan Colley raced to score Mansfield’s fifth before the break.

The second half opened with second tries for Symcox and Colley, a first for wing James Phillips and the completion of Ogudoe’s hat-trick.

John Ross Ward added 12 points with the boot, and could have had more if it were not for some uncharacteristic misses in the second half with the sun in his eyes.

Spalding hit back with a try of their own, after Phillips had been yellow carded, but it couldn’t dampen the euphoria of the hosts who returned to form with a bang.

Mansfield do not have a game this weekend as it is Provincial Cup weekend and the blue and whites have a ‘bye’ in the first round.

The next game will be against Stamford away and you can follow then action on Twitter via @MansfieldRugby.